Hangar 1 Vodka transitions to The Hangar 1 Distillery with the launch of its first-ever non-vodka offering: Bentwing Brandy, a blend of Northern California and Chenin Blanc-style French brandies. Inspired by its home state of California and an abundance of local ingredients, Bentwing Brandy offers a unique take on the growing California brandy category, by marrying American know-how with Old World eau de vie blending techniques and finished in charred whiskey barrels.
“Bentwing Brandy takes our grape-based blending expertise a step further, celebrating both fresh California ingredients and old European heritage,” said head distiller Caley Shoemaker. “Brandy is historically at the heart of many cocktails that we commonly associate with whiskey. I’ve loved experimenting with our brandy and discovering that it easily fits into so many of the classic cocktails that I already know and love.”
Paying homage to the brand’s aviation history and its home at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, Bentwing Brandy is also a nod to where Hangar 1 started, taking its name from the inventive gull-wing aircraft used during WWII: the ‘Bentwing Bird.’
Hangar 1 Bentwing Brandy (80 proof)
Nose: Picture-perfect blend of grape and cask. Light, lively and exceptionally fresh scent. The fruitiness is captivating.
Taste: Plenty of grape come through, making this quite a fruit-forward brandy and sweeter than dry. This adds to its appeal, as the overall effect is of a down-to-earth, friendly and quite approachable brandy.
Finish: Medium long with more of the grape edging out the oak. At the tail end, some of the whiskey flavor comes through.
Overall: This has been a hit at the GSN offices. One of the best American brandies to come out this century. Hangar 1 brings it in for a landing!
GSN Rating: A
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