Orujo is a pomace brandy (a liquor obtained from the distillation of marc, the solid remains left after pressing of the grape) from northern Spain. It is a transparent spirit with an alcohol content over 40%. Its name comes from the expression "aguardiente de orujo" (pomace firewater).
This Orujo, by the Belasco Family, is aged in French Oak Barrels of medium toast. The clear liquid takes on some of the golden colour of the oak. It has notes of cinnamon, toast, caramel and chestnuts. A multitude of fruit flavours result in a suave, slightly sweet spirit.
It is a popular beverage in northwest Spain, especially Galicia, where it is called augardente (firewater) or caña and is an element of collective identity. It is also known in Asturias, Castile and León, and Cantabria (principally in the valley of Liébana), where it has become an artisanal craft for some families who after making wine for themselves distil the pomace in a little pot still. Many high-quality distilled spirits have appeared in the last twenty years, including some origin appellations (in Spanish D.O.). These are obtained from quality grapes and produced according to the highest standards and are replacing the traditional homemade liquor, nowadays only available in small villages.