Arkansas Black Straight Applejack Expands Distribution to Massachusetts and Texas

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Northern California's Timberlane LLC continues to expand distribution for its Double Gold winning Arkansas Black Straight Applejack.

Northern California’s Timberlane LLC, producer of Arkansas Black Straight Applejack, and the very limited Twenty-One Year Straight Applejack have expanded distribution beyond California to both Texas and Massachusetts, with eyes on additional markets in 2016. Both marks are currently available across Texas, distributed by AB Foods of Dallas. In Massachusetts, Burke Distributing Corp. will distribute the products throughout the State starting in late spring 2016. Arkansas Black Straight Applejack was honored with the distinctions of both "Best Apple Brandy" and "Double Gold" at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Since its introduction in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition has become the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world. Full results can be found here:

Straight Applejack was the first distilled spirit in the colonies and by law contains nothing but apples. Before we had Rye, Rum, or Moonshine we had Applejack. It is a key ingredient in several famous cocktails, and yet post-prohibition there remain very few producers of this unique product. Arkansas Black Straight Applejack, founded by the husband and wife team of John and Samantha Collins, started out with just two barrels of applejack in 2013, and were embraced quickly by the bartender crowd in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to Samantha, "Our recipe pays homage to my Great-Grandfather of Arthur “Skipper” Ford. Skipper had an apple orchard on Howell Mountain in Napa where he grew heirloom apples for cider and applejack. His favorite variety of apple was the Arkansas Black." Every bottle of Arkansas Black Straight Applejack contains approximately 25 lbs. of fresh apples and nothing else. The apples are carefully crushed and fermented before entering a pot still. There they are distilled before clarifying the cider, preserving the fresh apple flavor. The spirit is rested for 2 years in used French Oak barrels before spending an additional year in new American Bourbon Barrels to lend sweetness to the nose and finish. More info is available at

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