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Tom's Foolery 8 Year Old Bottled in Bond "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel #67 Ohio Straight Applejack (750ml) SKU #1273534

Price: $49.99

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Tasting Notes

Tom Herbruck is a pretty laid-back guy. But one thing he takes very seriously is applejack. Produced from locally sourced cider in small batches just like it would have been by the pioneers 200 years ago, this applejack is truly a handmade specialty of the region. To the small amounts of locally pressed fresh cider that Tom can source he adds a certain amount of hand-pressed crabapple cider. This was the tradition in Ohio, and so it continues. The sweet cider is left to ferment naturally and it takes at least three weeks before the natural sugars are completely converted to alcohol. This hard cider is then double-distilled in copper pot stills before being aged in a variety of different barrels. This special bonded Applejack is one of two 8 year old 25 gallons barrels we purchased and was distilled on May 20th, 2012. Applejack Barrels 65 and 67 are both from a batch that we distilled in the spring of 2012. They were in the same vat together at one time. Both were initially barreled in May of 2012, and both were harvested from two similar re-used 25 gallon barrels in December of 2020, so they are each 8.5 years old.The spirit in barrel 67 spent about half of its life in one of our used 4-year-old once used bourbon barrels, and then about 4.5 years in the 25-gallon barrel. The smaller barrels, with increased surface areas (and fresher staves), provided two significant flavor contributions: increased oak and more evaporation. Two very different journeys for the same spirit.

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Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    We're so lucky to have access to such high quality and unique products from Tom's Foolery. Their Applejack was the original vision for this distillery, but the whisky boom has made it necessary to focus on those wonderful products. Nonetheless, Tom and Lianne distill this excellent Applejack from local apples. There's not a lot of the Applejack made here but the few we've had have been exceptional. Now we get to taste two barrels distilled on the same day and in almost exact opposite manner, an amazing experience t for any spirit geek. These two barrels, which I'll review in tandem were distilled on the same day in May of 2021. One, barrel 67, was aged in once used bourbon and the other in very old ex-cognac. So active American vs not so active French oak. You can immediately tell them apart from the color, 67 has a vibrant chestnut veil, while 65 is a pale gold. 67 offer rich baked apple, sweet oak and a gravelly rusticity on the nose which is for me very inviting. On the palate a creamy texture, cinnamon flecked pomme puree, poached pear, and a gorgeous long woodsy finish. 65 has a buttery nose with hints of golden delicious and granny smith, apple core with seeds and stems. Also, some non-apple fruits persimmon, quince, and subtle floral character. In general, it’s just much more subtle than barrel 67. On the palate, the apple is still tempered by slight hints of French oak and this overall buttery-ness that runs through the entire package. The finish is all apple skins and pips. A totally wild experience to see the same spirit aged in completely different ways. I've most enjoyed blending the two together in various proportions to see how they interact. Whichever one you prefer, there's no question that this is one of the most exciting apple spirits in America.
  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a seriously good deal, for some seriously well-made applejack. Wonderfully rich and spicy on the nose, this is a full-bodied dram that leans towards the apple pie side of things, while being pleasantly dry on the back palate and finish. Tom's Foolery adds no sugar or color to their applejack, and distills each batch from several varieties of fresh, whole apple. The result is high-end appley goodness in a bottle that wont break the bank. One could come up with all sorts of amazing punches and cocktails with this, but at the moment I'm thoroughly enjoying drinking the stuff neat. If you need inspiration though, try this in a classic Jack Rose recipe.
  • Jackson Lee
    By: Jackson Lee
    K&L Staff Member
    After letting the dram sit in the glass for a few minutes, aromas of caramel apple and vanilla dominated my nostrils. On the palate, caramel taffy notes made me think of walking down the boardwalk on a sunny day and eating pieces of very ripe grilled pineapple off a skewer as the sun set on my taste buds.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose has an apple flavored saltwater taffy quality to it. It smells like it should feel tacky and make you want to smack your lips and just keep on chewing. It's lighter in body and zippier than you'd expect, but this lets the sweet ripe apple character shine on through. Especially soft and easy to drink, this is a perfect summer night sipper. Stock up now so you're in supply through all of the hot months.


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