More than 200 years after selling its first legal distilled spirits, Laird & Company Distillery of Scobeyville, New Jersey has announced the return of Laird’s Bottled in Bond 100 Proof Straight Apple Brandy.
A Bottled in Bond Brandy?
Why should bourbon get all the credit. You often hear about Bottled in Bond Bourbon Whiskey but it’s less common to hear about other spirits that fall under the Bottled in Bond category.
After a four year hiatus, Lisa Laird Dunn, Executive Vice President and World Ambassador of Laird & Company said, “We are delighted to bring back Laird’s Bonded. It holds such appeal for cocktail enthusiasts because it harkens back to our historical Applejack recipe that was popular during the first Golden Age of the Cocktail in the late 1800s. We are one of only a handful of producers of a bonded Apple Brandy. Sip-worthy and versatile, it is unsurpassed in flavor, authenticity and quality.”
Congress passed the Bottled-in-Bond Act in 1897 to combat the increasing amount of fraudulent and sometimes dangerous Whiskey being sold in the late 19th century. Bonded products were a guarantee to the consumer that the spirit would be aged undiluted and unadulterated. Today, the U.S. Department of Treasury/TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) oversees the designation. There are four requirements for a spirit to be designated Bottled in Bond.
- Bottled at no less than 50% ABV (100 proof)
- Aged in wood for a minimum of 4 years
- Distilled at one American distillery
- Distilled in the same season
“Simply put, we could not produce enough Apple Brandy in a single season to fulfill the Federal requirement for the designation,” adds Laird Dunn. “To address this, we ramped up inventory by doubling our production in the Fall and adding a Spring distillation. As a result, there will be plenty of Laird’s Bonded for all 50 states, as well as our export markets.”
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Laird & Company is America’s oldest family-owned, licensed distillery. Headquartered in Scobeyville, New Jersey, the company is led by its eighth and ninth generation father/daughter team of Larrie Laird and Lisa Laird Dunn. It holds the first recorded date for a commercial transaction for cider spirits, 1780, and proudly produces Laird’s Blended Applejack, Laird’s Apple Brandies and Laird’s Jersey Lightning.
Laird’s Bottled in Bond 100 Proof Straight Apple Brand is 100° proof / 50% ABV and has a suggested retail price of $31.99 for a 750 ml bottle. It will be available in bars, restaurants and retail stores beginning in late Summer 2018.
Laird’s Bottled in Bond 100 Proof Straight Apple Brand