As an aficionado of eaux-de-vie (produced mainly in France, Switzerland and Austria) I have visited many distilleries - - - and Marcel Windholtz in Ribeauville is the best of all.
A sip of this Poire Williams (chilled) not only leads to an gustatory explosion on the palate but - most importantly - a smooth and harmonic finish in the gullet. The fruit is ethereal - not cloying as with some others.
Windholtz is the world champion of eaux-de-vie (distilled fruit).
Windholtz spirits are extremely hard to find in the UK, and if you do find them they are marked as "sold out".
Thank you 9elmswines! Get some more - one of my favourites is the Quetsch (from plums).
I had almost finished a bottle of Windholz's 'Reserve Particuliere' Poire William but I could not find the 'Reserve' in the UK, so bought this. There was just enough left of the 'Reserve' for my son and I to do a side by side taste test and there was a very distinct difference: the Reserve's strong pears were replaced by a strong oily taste in the ordinary. However, having now run out of the 'Reserve' the ordinary does taste ok when taken on its own. But if you can get to Ribeauville and buy the Reserve, it is worth the trip! Or look out here in case they get some in.....