Maker: Laird’s, Scobeyville, New Jersey/North Garden, Virginia, USA.
Age: 7 y/o (84 mos)
Notes: Bottled Oct 29, 2020, bottle 81(80?)/144.
Purchased for $65 (Comrade Brandy selection).
Appearance: Medium copper.
Nose: Big dessert apple aroma. Apple sauce, cut crimson crisp. Water brings out vanilla.
Palate: Medium bodied and sweet. Cider, then burn. With water: White chocolate candy apple.
Finish: Long. Hot apple pie. With water: cleaner with a little heat.
Parting words: Comrade Brandy is one of two private barrel selection groups I’m a part of. I joined for the inaugural selection (reviewed here) back in 2019. Coming right at the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic, this second selection took a while to come out, but it finally arrived in members’ hands early this spring. It’s not quite as good as the first edition, but it’s close and still a very strong selection that I have no complaints about. It’s made in a classic American apple brandy style, but it does start to take on some Calvados characteristics when watered down.
$65 is a fair price for a cask strength private selection, so no complaints there either! Want to get in on the next selection? Hop onto Facebook and join the club! Laird’s Single Cask, Comrade Brandy selection #2, Shelter in Place is recommended.