Item location: EU, Croatia
0.75 l, 40% alc.
Fruit brandy of tawny colour aged in oak and made by distilling ripe quince fruit and honey
The Tzuga Quince Brandy is distilled of specific species of quince called „Leskovacka dunja“ (The Quince Of Leskovac). It is grown at the family estate in Banat. 14 kg of ripe quince is used to distill one litre of Tzuga quince brandy. The ripe quince if pitted prior to distilling. It is left to age in oak barrels for 9 months, and afterwards in stainless steel pots. The 9 months in oak is quite enough to gain specific golden colour, but oak must not „cover“ the quince aftertaste. Therefore if has a perfect ratio of fruity bouquet and golden colour.
|Usually producers leave the quince brandy colourless or over-age it in oak barrels, so you can't feel the quince in your glass. This one suits to your eyes with its colour and your nose and palate with its aftertaste. The quince must be dominant, yet the oak must calm it down.
The family Rajin of Banat, east-northern region of Serbia, has been engaged in fruit brandy distilling for generations. It is small family production, growing fruit in their own orchards and bottling the rakija od their own estate. A variety of fruit brandies is produced, as well as liqueurs and gin. „All our fruit brandies are made of 100% fruit, no sugar, no artificial aromas are added“, proudly emphasizes Milan Rajin, master distiller and head of the family.