Laird & Company
Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy Bottled in Bond
100 Proof | 750 mL
In 1698, the Laird family emigrated from Scotland and settled in Monmouth County, New Jersey, where apples were abundant. William Laird took his knowledge of producing Scotch and aptly applied it to the distillation of the best apple varietals for production, such as Jonathans, Winesaps, Staymans, Pippins, and Delicious. The tradition of picking quality apples at their peak, from September to mid-November, continues today. The apples are then pressed, fermented, distilled, and aged for six to ten years in charred American oak barrels, which impart rich vanilla and toffee notes. Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy is labeled as Bottled in Bond, referencing the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, intended to curb the dilution of spirits, most notably whiskey, with other colored liquids. In this case, it references the fact that Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy is pure brandy and not cut with fruit juice or neutral spirit, like its sister spirit Applejack. This results in a higher proof alcohol and more importantly, an unadulterated apple flavor and aroma.