Their 12 year old Apple Brandy is the finest American Apple Brandy available. Each of the barrels containing apple brandy are tasted as they rest in our barrel ageing facility. Only the finest barrels are selected for our 12 year old Rare Apple Brandy. Barrels must have a minimum of 12 years of age before they are considered. This product is straight apple brandy and is not blended with any other products. After charcoal filtering, it is reduced to 88 proof and bottled by hand. Each bottle is hand numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Larrie Laird. Lairdís 12 year old Rare Apple Brandy takes its place with other fine aged spirits of the world and exemplifies our rich tradition and heritage.
Notes: Laird's is one of the oldest distilleries in the United States, dating from 1698. They use whole tree ripened apples and naturally occurring yeasts to ferment the apples, which are then pot distilled and aged in charred oak barrels for 12 years. They also produce a 7 1/2 year-old Apple Brandy and a blended Apple Jack.
Appearance: If this was maple syrup, it would be a medium amber grade. A trace more yellow than a cognac of similar age: a somewhat burnished bronze color. Light coating on the glass when you swirl it, a crenellated edge on swirling.
First Impression: Peppery/mint with dark fruit and some cocoa notes on nosing. Slight acetone/esters smell. Round, full body, much more than most cognacs, buttery mouth feel, nice tingle on the tongue.
Taste: Caramel, baked toffee and apple, vanilla, nutmeg notes to it, lingering notes of tobacco, crystallized ginger. Medium length finish.