Originally Posted by jpmcgrew
Grappa is incredibly harsh if you have any kirsch wasser a cherry liquour from Germany it will work as well although I have never tasted any fruit flavor in the German fruit liquors and bad hangovers as well at least the ones ones I had in Germany very strong in taste much harsher then any whiskey or other liquor in the states.
I love grappa. Good grappa, that is. I borught back a few bottle the last time I was in Italy and they are gone now
Rum and Vodka and regular Brandy would be very poor subs, IMO, as they are nothing like grappa. Rum and Vodka aren't made from grapes and regular Brandy is usually aged in wood and tastes "oaky." Grappa is clear.
I'd agree with jpmcgrew that Kirsch would be a much better sub. Or Williams (pear). They taste much more like Grappa than anything else, IMO. I love both of them, too, esp. Williams. You can make other things with them too.