Hangar 1, the vodka distiller, is in a repurposed airplane hangar on Alameda Island in San Francisco Bay, where Navy planes, including one called the Bent-Wing Bird, were housed. The spirits company has taken that name for its latest product, its first that’s not a vodka. The brandy is a blend of French and California spirits, aged in charred whiskey barrels. It has a floral bouquet and takes flight on the palate, with honey, vanilla and golden raisin notes. As brandies go, it’s more delicate than bold.
Bentwing Brandy $32, hangarone.com.
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Florence Fabricant is a food and wine writer. She writes the weekly Front Burner and Off the Menu columns, as well as the Pairings column, which appears alongside the monthly wine reviews. She has also written 12 cookbooks.
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