Laird's Straight Applejack 86
Laird & Company // New Jersey, USA
This release from Laird's is a 100% apple brandy. It is bottled at 86 proof (43% ABV), hence the name, and sits between their standard 80-proof Applejack and their 100 proof Apple Brandy. It has no age statement. The number 17 on the label symbolizes the number of pounds of fresh apples it takes to make a single bottle of the spirit. National release beginning September 2017.
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.
"Clear-as-a-bell tart apple juice, warming cinnamon, and a touch of barrel smoke. The taste is sweet/tart and is full of baked apples. There is a spicy bite on the finish. Great value."