An apple brandy like no other
34% ABV / 68 Proof
Local, Fifer Orchard apples including Fuji, Roman, Stayman, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious
A rarity! Only available a few times per year at our Milton brewery & Rehoboth restaurants only
In the nose the prominent aromas of green apple and white chocolate all but hide the undernotes of honey and almonds. In the mouth the flavor evolves quickly showcasing each individual ingredient complemented by toasted oak. It all starts with the baked apple warmth of the apple brandy which is then cut by the sour tang of the sick cider and then the sweet, crispness of fresh pressed cider wraps it all up.
Esprit Malade is French for 'Sick Spirit' - an etymological nod to brandy's traditional French ancestry and an off-centered apple brandy blend including Dogfish Head Sick Cider, apple brandy spirit and raw apple cider.
We start by distilling an immature apple brandy made from five types of local Fifer Orchard apples including Fuji, Roman, Stayman, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. This brandy spirit is then blended with Dogfish Head Sick Cider, our unfiltered, 100% barrel-fermented super dry & tart cider made from the same apple blend and a wild Brettanomyces yeast before a stint in some new charred American Oak barrels.
DOGFISH HEAD Esprit Malade. Apple Brandy. 34% Alc/Vol. Dogfish Head Distilling Co., Milton, DE
1.5 oz. Dogfish Head Esprit Malade Apple Brandy
3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Grenadine
Shake with ice & strain into chilled martini glass.