Premium Aged Jonathan Apple Palinka:
The Jonathan apple is a medium-sized sweet apple, with a touch of acid and a tough but smooth skin.Fruit from trees that have limited sun exposure during the ripening process will often have vertical red striping and subtle spots on the skin. Trees that are exposed to more sun will take on a deeper red to purple hue. The fine textured flesh of the Jonathon apple is creamy yellow in colour with a crisp bite and lots of juice. Its flavour is mildly sweet with a tart tang and subtle hints of spice.
There are two alternative theories about the origin of the Jonathan apple.The first is that it was grown by Rachel Negus Higley. Mrs. Higley gathered seeds from the local cider mill in Connecticut before the family made their journey to the wilds of Ohio in 1796 where she planted them.She continued to carefully cultivate her orchard to maturity and named the resulting variety after a young local boy that frequented her orchard: Jonathan Lash.The other, and more accepted, theory is that it originated from an Esopus Spitzenburg seedling in 1826 from the farm of Philip Rick in New York. Although it may have originally been called the “Rick” apple, it was soon renamed by Judge Buel, President of Albany Horticultural Society, after Jonathan Hasbrouck, who discovered the apple and brought it to Buel’s attention.
Apples are one of our favorite fruits to bake with — they’re inexpensive, easy to find, available year round, and last a long time. Whether they’re baked into a pie, grated into muffins, or shingled into a beautiful tart, this fruit can do it all.
In 2018 Our Premium Aged Jonathan Apple Palinka won a 1-star accolade on the Great Taste Competition.
The Judges said:
-“Deep apple aromas on the nose which are slightly lost on the palate,but do carry through to the finish with authentic hints of farmyard! Creamy with a good length and complexity and is worthy of a star.”
-“Nice baked apple,toffee,caramel, notes,with hint of honey and oak on the nose,the palate is quite peppery,spirity,and the characteristics of the nose seem lost on the palate. The finish is also quite spirity. If the palate replicated the nose it could be great.”
-“A sound eau de vie;we don’t glean much by way of Jonathan apple flavours (but did enjoy the colour, presumably from the skins) but feel it’s a well made palinka,smooth on the finish,with some lingering fruity notes,a pleasing length.”