Laird's Jersey Lightning Apple Brandy
Laird & Company // New Jersey, USA
Laird's Jersey Lightning is so named for the historical turn of phrase used for New Jersey made applejack or apple spirit, when the colony turned state was a prominent producer. Jersey Lightning is unaged and bottled at 50% ABV, recommended to be enjoyed either on its own or used in cocktails. Each bottle is a distillate of approximately 20 pounds of apples.
American BrandyProduced in the US, this is usually referring to brandy distilled from grape-based wine. If the producer uses other fruit, it must be stated on the label. If aged under two years in oak, it must state the word "immature" on the label. Beyond that, labels such as VS, VSOP, and XO mean little as the brands themselves dictate what that means to them.
"The nose showcases overripe apples and fresh nonalcoholic apple cider, along with orange-champagne marmalade. The palate entry is a bit hot, offering dessert in the form of both baked apples coated with cinnamon as well as ambrosia fruit salad. The finish is peppery, with honeydew melon, peaches, and pears. "