Santa Fe Apple Brandy
Northern New Mexico with its centuries-old fruit orchards of apple, peach, pear, and cherry has been producing top-quality brandies for years. What better way to preserve one’s crop of fruit than to ferment it into wine and distill it into brandy? The end product is like taking the mountain air, water, and earth, ripening these elements into a sweet nectar, and then distilling that nectar down to its bare essences. The finished brandy ages for a minimum of a year in lightly charred new American oak barrels, refining its inherent complexity with age.
When we started, Santa Fe Apple Brandy was made using apples only from Colin’s orchard in Tesuque. Originally homesteaded by Archbishop Lamy’s groundskeeper (who is rumored to have resorted to water theft to keep his high-desert oasis in Tesuque thriving) the Keegans’ orchard produces apples that express the singular uniqueness of the lush, green, riparian valley at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where they struggle to grow.
Our Apple Brandy production has outgrown Colin’s yield, so now Santa Fe Apple Brandy is made from a blend of Colin’s apples and apples from northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, but still using the Jonathan, Gala and Golden Delicious varieties found in Colin’s orchard. Overtones of apple peel, vanilla, fruit, and cinnamon yield to hints of granitic earth, sweet water, and dry air. Each bottle is truly a treasure: a gift from the Keegan family for your enjoyment.
While we'd love to ship to all states, we cannot ship to: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.