Rootstock Spirits’ New York State Apple Jacks + Apple Brandies

Head distiller Collin McConville explains the old-world techniques behind their delicious spirits

Apple Jack, a high-proof liquor distilled from apples and aged in American oak—predominantly former whiskey barrels—is one of a handful of spirits that can carry its name only if it has been produced in the US (like bourbon). Apple brandy, the broader category Apple Jack falls within, can be made the world over (with the most famous being Calvados from Normandy), but only Apple Jack …

100 Proof Black Dirt Apple Jack

A potent small-batch brandy made in upstate New York from local apples

Anyone who’s been to Normandy, France or has a solid interest in spirits knows the wonders of Calvados, the high-proof apple brandy that really packs a punch. However, apple brandy happens to be an American tradition, as well. It’s known as Apple Jack and, while the ABV is still high, the finish is definitely sweeter. Black Dirt Distilling—named for the Black Dirt region where the …