Pear brandy isn’t exactly a universal crowd pleaser, but St. George’s expression does plenty with the finicky fruit.
A heavily perfumed, linen-laden nose immediately evokes baked pears, with notes of lavender and some cinnamon present. The palate doesn’t stray far, that unflinchingly crisp note of pear balanced by more of that heavy floral quality — evoking fresh-pressed laundry — then pushing into mild, understated notes of baking spice and a spritz of lemon. That astringent potpourri note is enduring, but not off-putting. The finish is the best part: cleansing and aromatic, with notes of fresh spring rain.
Pear brandy isn’t the most versatile product in the mixologist’s arsenal, but if you decide you must have one on hand, give St. George Pear Brandy your attention.
B+ / $45 / stgeorgespirits.com