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“The oak adds a hint of a great rye and fine bourbon. A brandy not to be compared with spirits made from the more traditional fortified grape. This is something extra special – a spirit to be savoured and talked about for a long time. Enjoy! A dynamic and exciting new taste for a new age capturing all the values of the past but something to savour now and the future.” So said Jim Murray, a world authority on spirit blending, and we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
Our Classic Brandy is born in our orchards where we harvest vintage quality apples. Only our best cyders are then distilled into a clean spirit with distinct aromas.
The long and exacting distillation process starts with charging our custom-made traditional copperpot still with cyder, where it is heated to the optimum temperature, sending the vapourised alcohol through a series of tubes and tanks before it condenses back into liquid form. This liquid is sent back through the still once more until what remains is a crystal clear spirit of around 68% alcohol.
You can see all the fascinating stages of the distillation process for yourself by visiting our distillery.
Stored in our cellars in specially selected oak casks, the brandy breathes while it slowly but surely mellows with age. During maturation, it is constantly monitored as it acquires its distinctive flavour and naturally takes on the colour from the wood of the casks. Every year, around 2% of the spirit is lost forever through evaporation – this is known as the ‘Angel’s Share’. Throughout this whole process, our intensively trained ‘still man’ watches over all our brandy to ensure the blend, aroma, acidity and taste of the final product is unbeatable.
“An elegant and unique cyder brandy boasting a refined and unique taste that will gently arouse the senses and then slowly explode in the mouth – be prepared for effervescent fruit, bitter sweet chocolate, an aroma of scrumpy and a lush and tangy note.” We create brandy each year and now have a three-year-old, five-year, eight-year, ten-year and virgin brandy available to buy. Healeys Classic Brandy is sold as the bottle only, it does not come boxed. The display box seen in the pictures is sadly no longer available.