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Kumquats in brandy - brandy recommendations, please
« on: September 29, 2021, 10:14:43 PM »
I want to make some Kumquats in brandy preserve/kumquat brandy liqueur. It will produce 2 products: (a) brandied kumquats - that I intend to chocolate coat - and (b) kumquat liqueur. I would like to hear recommendations for a brandy that is low cost, but not of a too low quality. Any suggestions?
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Re: Kumquats in brandy - brandy recommendations, please
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2021, 10:05:38 PM »
OK. Olof Bergh it is, then. Super cheap. Surprise was that it tasted quite smooth when I sampled it. That was after having eaten a kumquat. It wasn't as smooth when I sneaked a sip a while later. But at least I know that it won't be a total failure.
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Re: Kumquats in brandy - brandy recommendations, please
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2021, 01:36:14 PM »
Shaun! How nice of you to ask. Iím not fussy, thanks. Iím so pleased to see that I made it onto your Christmas present list. Do you need my address? Never mind POPI, Iíll wave the requirements for you.
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Re: Kumquats in brandy - brandy recommendations, please
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2021, 02:46:36 PM »
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I wonder how much will make it through the testing stage.
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Re: Kumquats in brandy - brandy recommendations, please
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2021, 06:30:14 PM »
I donít know, but Iím happy to assist.

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Re: Kumquats in brandy - brandy recommendations, please
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2021, 05:03:10 PM »
We tried this once. We forgot about the jars for many years (5 maybe? or more). Needless to say what came out of them was inedible (and also possibly toxic).

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Re: Kumquats in brandy - brandy recommendations, please
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2021, 09:12:22 PM »
I dunno, but I don't think it will last that long...Shaun?

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Re: Kumquats in brandy - brandy recommendations, please
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2021, 09:52:49 PM »
The idea is to chocolate-coat them after two weeks and to shelf the liquid in a dark, cool place for up to 6 months. I'm new at this; I just picked the simplest recipe. I have no idea how long they are supposed to last besides this info.
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Re: Kumquats in brandy - brandy recommendations, please
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2021, 07:27:36 PM »
I would love to taste it as well, both the kumquats and the liqueur. Sounds absolutely delicious.
Here is a good resource for your experiment. Please let us know how it turns out.

https://homedistiller.org/forum/index.php?sid=eb4f0cd9b23b6ff8a977ddfe3158f6f1

I have done a bit of distilling myself and tried to make some Limoncello. Sadly my results were not great.
https://homedistiller.org/forum/search.php?keywords=Limoncello

Making liqueur is very satisfying. I have made a mean coffee liqueur and a toffee chocolate liqueur. Neither was matured for more than a month. After tasting it, it was consumed.  >:D



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Re: Kumquats in brandy - brandy recommendations, please
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2021, 09:00:39 PM »
Iíve made various flavoured vodkas and gins (and limoncello).  Not tried a brandy base, mainly vodka based (infuse with juniper/coriander/rosemary/lemon peel and star anise and you get a very nice gin), lemon and orange peel in vodka for a week, then add some sugar and wash through with more vodka does a decent limoncello.  A real party winner was hibiscus and pomegranate molasses vodka (reduced the hibiscus flowers in water and cane sugar with pomegranate to a thick syrup then strained and added to good vodka).

Next up will most likely be a green tea and lemon gin.
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