Laird's Rare Old Apple Brandy 12 Year
Laird & Company // New Jersey , USA
The Shenandoah Valley and its surrounding area is the source for the apples used in Laird's brandies which are then distilled in New Jersey. It is then aged in 50-gallon charred oak barrels before bottling in Virginia. Currently, this is the oldest brandy that Laird's offers. Little known fact: It takes 30 pounds of apples to produce this 12 year-old bottling.
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.
Cask Typecharred oak barrels
"An apple aroma is found on the nose, but it is working towards a baked & dried fruit rather than freshly-cut apple aroma. The brandy is full and shows a nice length on the finish which is slightly woody with a touch of vanilla. The brandy finishes dry, but not too dry and shows a touch of savory flavors which couple nicely with the apples. A solid brandy to enjoy during the fall months and makes a nice gift presentation with its somewhat apple-shaped bottle."