Laird’s Rare Apple Brandy

Maker: Laird’s, Scobeyville, New Jersey, USA2016-02-11-16.53.20.jpg.jpeg

Style: Straight apple brandy

Age: 12 y/o

ABV: 44%

Other information: Batch 17, bottled March, 2013

Price: $70 (Binny’s)

Appearance: Dark copper with thin, even legs.

Nose: Mild. Alcohol, applesauce, cardamom, sweet cinnamon, leather

Palate: Medium bodied. Medium dry. Heavily spiced apple pie, dry cider.

Finish: Baked apple, brown sugar, ginger, oak, fades with a little burn carrying through.

Parting words: Founded in 1780 by a Scottish immigrant, Laird’s is one of the US’s oldest commercial distillers, if not the oldest. They are the big dogs of American apple brandy, producing 90% of it, according to their website. Their bottled-in-bond apple brandy was a favorite of mine for a long time. I’ve been actively hoarding it since it was changed to a 3 y/o.

Laird’s Rare is probably the oldest American apple brandy available. If there’s one older, I haven’t had it. It’s good, but the age seems to have stripped it of most of its apple character. Oak is there, but just in the background. I wanted to love this grand old brandy, but it’s too mild on the palate and lacks the complexity of 8-10 y/o apple brandies I’ve had. At $70, I need more. Laird’s Rare Old Apple Brandy is mildly recommended.

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One thought on “Laird’s Rare Apple Brandy

  1. But that bottle sure is pretty! Even if it is a space hog on my limited shelf space. But I agree, any apple character seems to be gone from this one which is a shame. Would be great to have a nice mature American apple brandy. Maybe Copper and Kings will get there one day.

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