Couteau des Prairies Neutral Brandy.
French explorers named this unique grassland region of the Great Plains in
South Dakota, formed with rolling hills marked with glacial lakes and underlain
by silty loam soils “Coteau des Prairies” or Prairie Hills. This unique soil structure created a grassland
environment that produces the quality grapes that make our signature Coteau Des Prairies neutral brandy so
Bordering the 44th parallel, this region has perfect sunlight to support
viticulture, and became known for its farm vineyards in the late 1800s and
early 1900s. The industry only recently recovered from the destruction of these
vineyards that occurred in 1920 as a result of prohibition. The winter hardy
varietals grown in this region are the perfect feedstock of our brandy. Today
there are more than a dozen wineries producing great wines from vineyards in
South Dakota. We select choice wines
from these local wineries to distill into our unique brandy.
Couteau des Prairies Neutral Brandy is a medium colored light tasting “neutral” brandy. It is considered neutral because it is distilled at a higher ethanol content by volume than our vintage aged brandy. The higher ethanol content of our Couteau des Prairies reacts quicker with the oak staves of our American Oak barrels. As a result, our Couteau des Prairies has light caramel and charcoal aromas while maintaining a hint of vanilla and butterscotch. It finishes with a very subtle taste of oak and supple leather. Unlike other American brandies, you should not expect a strong sweet flavor with this classic, and you won't get any burn. If you know your brandy, you will want to get to know this one well.
Couteau des Prairies mixes well, but is usually savored like a fine bourbon or single malt scotch. So, don’t feel constrained by traditional brandy drinks, this one works as well with colas and sours as it does with fruit juices and other light mixes.
This nationally recognized, award winning brandy is produced in small batches. No two batches are alike. We only make a few barrels each year. This one is always in limited supply. Find it while you can!