Our Absinthe Verte is the only asbinthe produced in New England, and one of only a few produced in the US. We start with our Applejack and use an old recipe. Our herbs — anise, fennel, wormwood, petite wormwood, hyssop and lemon balm — are all organic. The final product is a light green, 130 proof spirit tasting like liquorice. Each month we are open we host an Absinthe tasting on the third Thursday offering a different Absinthe-based cocktail each time.
Tree Spirits Applejack springs from the long tradition of New England applejack. Once a popular drink in the American colonies, New England’s ports were flooded with molasses and rum by the mid-1800s and the apple spirit almost disappeared. Our applejack is distilled from our apple wine. We double distill the middle run to produce a drink that is aged in rum barrels which give it a golden color and a smooth finish.
The blending of the various runs allows us to achieve a balance of body, taste and smoothness.Applejack is officially apple brandy. We chose to call it applejack because applejack is a historic New England name that deserves to be resurrected and polished. Don’t just Call it Moonshine, an article in the New York Times reflects the growing interest in the apple spirit.
Tree Spirits Pear Brandy starts with pear cider which we get in a limited supply from the Apple Farm. How much we can distill in a year is entirely dependent on the weather since not as many pears are grown in Maine as apples. Our Pear Brandy is aged for a short while in an oak barrel to give it a beautiful gold color.
Knotted Maple made from our maple wine is also distilled in small batches. Not sweet, but very smooth. Serve it straight or use it in place of rum in your own mixed drink recipe. After dinner it’s great paired with dark chocolate. For the holidays, try some in your egg nog.
There are a few other micro-distillers producing maple spirits but ours is completely different because it is distilled from our maple wine. The taste of maple provides a subtle background for a complex series of flavors similar to a brandy. We can’t call it a brandy because according to government standards brandy must be made from fruit. Our formula for Knotted Maple was approved by the Feds and they placed it in their Specialty and Proprietary spirits classification. This makes it hard to tell people exactly what it is but really, we think it’s just another way of saying it’s special.
Distillation separates the alcohol from the water in the wine and concentrates it. The still at Tree Spirits isn’t much to look at, but what it lacks in looks it makes up for in the quality of the spirits that come out of it. The still is a sophisticated apparatus that allows us to separate the “good stuff” from the rest of the distillate.
With a Double Gold (Pear), a Silver (Applejack), two Bronze medals (Knotted Maple & Absinthe), Down East Magazine 2016 Editor’s Choice, and a 2014 Maine Distiller of the Year award at international competitions, the judges seem to think it’s “good stuff”, too.