Tyrol and its cousin East Tyrol are not only ski country but also schnapps country. And it’s not the drink you may have known in college. These are fine fruit brandies produced in a truly artisanal manner. Along the Schnapps Route, dozens of top-flight craft distilleries, many passed from generation to generation, open their doors for tastings. You’ll gain a new appreciation for your everyday when you learn about the demanding process of transforming apricots, wild plums, and berries of all kinds into liquid ambrosia. In the warmer months of the year, Alpine valleys turn emerald green while many an orchard prospers amid the sun-kissed higher slopes.
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