A very worthy competitor to the best Calvados. Clear Creek crushes and ferments the whole apple, using Golden Delicious apples from their orchards on the northeast slope of Mt. Hood, and distill. Following the customs of the Calvados makers of Normandy, the high proof apple spirit is aged in old Cognac barrels, made of limousin oak, for at least eight years. The result is a beautiful amber brandy, with a remarkable amount of apple in the nose, but with the sophistication and complexity gained from all those years in oak. This has a lot of appeal to the traditional brandy drinker as well, as its color and barrel aged qualities are more familiar.