Schnapps is a legally protected term for a fruit spirit distilled and bottled in Austria. It denotes a spirit made from fruits such as pears or apples. The fruits are mashed and fermented. A fruit distillate is produced from the mash by distillation, which is reduced to drinking strength after a long period of careful maturation. The wood-aged fruit schnapps is a cuvee of apricot, apple, Williams pear and plum. The premium schnapps of the Schwarzenberger wood line contains a strong 40% vol.