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StraightNoChaser
02-14-2011, 18:06
Have you guys seen this stuff before? The pear is inside of a solid piece of glass. Apparently this is achieved by affixing the bottles onto pear trees, over the soon to bud young fruit. Very interesting, tempting to buy a bottle just for the unique presentation.

http://i.imgur.com/GkZOW.jpg

Is there a word for being obsessed with interesting bottles I'll never drink?

darkluna
02-14-2011, 19:20
Clear Creek Distillery offers a pear-in the bottle brandy. I've always wanted to try it...maybe this year

http://www.clearcreekdistillery.com/pear.html

StraightNoChaser
02-14-2011, 20:44
Clear Creek Distillery offers a pear-in the bottle brandy. I've always wanted to try it...maybe this year

http://www.clearcreekdistillery.com/pear.html
So amazing! I'd love to try one of these

imbibehour
02-14-2011, 21:41
Clear Creek's Pear brandy is flat out Phenomenal. You can taste the skin ride in your mouth... I kid you not!

CorvallisCracker
02-15-2011, 10:30
Oh yeah, we have one of these (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?p=119555#post119555). This one is French, Massenez.

Thing about these is that you don't want the pear to become exposed. Starts to rot. NOT a Good Thing.

So you top it off when necessary. We use Clear Creek and have been doing it for so long that most of the contents are the Oregon product. Not that that's a Bad Thing.

cowdery
02-15-2011, 10:52
"Poire Williams" is the original French version of this eau de vie. Yes, they grow the pear inside the bottle.

pepcycle
02-15-2011, 12:42
Can't believe no has tried this with Chicken Stock.

barturtle
02-15-2011, 12:51
Can't believe no has tried this with Chicken Stock.

The Chinese Restaurant Industry is leading the trend:slappin:


http://www.bandofcats.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/cat-in-bottle.jpg (http://www.thingsthatmakeyougoaahh.com/2007/01/kitten-in-milk-bottle.html)

Gillman
02-15-2011, 13:09
I used to live in a house in the back yard of which was a pear tree. We had a Swiss relation through marriage at the time, he liked the pear eau-de-vie being discussed here - the real thing not the less expensive versions sans pear. He was put off, quite rightly, by the steep price, so together we made our own.

You have (of course) to tie the bottle to the tree quite early, when the fruit is just budding and it grows in the bottle. The pear type of that tree was the typical American pear, Bartlett or something very similar.

Sure enough the pear grew quick as a charm in the bottle, and when big enough we took it off and poured vodka in it, then let it steep. It worked very well, it wasn't as good as the Swiss import but was very serviceable.

He warned me never to eat the pear, he said it would make you sick, so we discarded it after a couple of soakings in cheap vodka.

Gary

squire
02-15-2011, 15:11
Yes I've tried it, yes it's interesting, but costs more than I wish to pay again now that curiosity was satisfied. Very refined stuff just wish the pear hadn't taken up so much room.

Which brings a thought Gary, how did you get the pear out of the bottle?

Gillman
02-15-2011, 19:29
Squire, the pear stayed in the bottle until latter was discarded. I meant that when we took the bottle off the branch, we filled it with vodka, although first we tried to cleanse the interior with hot water since the bottle got gummed up with something in the growth process.

Gary

squire
02-16-2011, 17:38
Sic transit Poire.

MarkEdwards
02-19-2011, 13:16
Have you guys seen this stuff before? The pear is inside of a solid piece of glass. Apparently this is achieved by affixing the bottles onto pear trees, over the soon to bud young fruit.

I just bought one of these, and I have a few comments:

1. DAYUM! That is the largest worm I have EVER seen in a bottle of tequila!
2. Is it okay to shake this bottle of wine to redissolve the solids?
3. How come the marketing people got the bottle with the giant pear?

I expect I'll need to find a bottle of pear brandy without the pear in it, in order to keep this one topped off. Unless I decide to refill it with bourbon. Any suggestions on which bourbon to use?

silverfish
02-19-2011, 14:42
Yes I've tried it, yes it's interesting, but costs more than I wish to pay again now that curiosity was satisfied.

There is another brand that is $30. cheaper than the Kammer Williams
Brandy ($85. at InternetWines)

La Captiva Pear William (http://www.internetwines.com/rws16034.html)

and the Clear Creek version is $8. more than the KW.

DanG
02-25-2011, 02:03
I used to live in a house in the back yard of which was a pear tree. We had a Swiss relation through marriage at the time, he liked the pear eau-de-vie being discussed here - the real thing not the less expensive versions sans pear. He was put off, quite rightly, by the steep price, so together we made our own.

You have (of course) to tie the bottle to the tree quite early, when the fruit is just budding and it grows in the bottle. The pear type of that tree was the typical American pear, Bartlett or something very similar.

Sure enough the pear grew quick as a charm in the bottle, and when big enough we took it off and poured vodka in it, then let it steep. It worked very well, it wasn't as good as the Swiss import but was very serviceable.

He warned me never to eat the pear, he said it would make you sick, so we discarded it after a couple of soakings in cheap vodka.

Gary
The only thing important in the "real thing" is the brandy itself! It's not vodka -- it's hard alcohol made from pear mash. Having the pear in the bottle is pretty and lends some color and flavor, but the actual pear brandy itself is what's important.

I have a 30-something-year-old bottle of German pear brandy with the pear inside, but the pear was put in the easy way... removable bottom. ;)