Laird’s Applejack fans, rejoice! Plan your late summer mixology party now!
Laird & Company, America’s oldest family-owned, licensed distillery, today announces the return of Laird’s Bottled in Bond 100 Proof Straight Apple Brandy (Laird’s Bonded) after a four-year hiatus. Laird’s Bonded will again be available in bars, restaurants and retail stores beginning in Late Summer 2018 (50 percent ABV/SRP $31.99/750ml).
“We are delighted to bring back Laird’s Bonded,” says Lisa Laird Dunn, Executive Vice President and World Ambassador, Laird & Company. “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.”
A Quality Guarantee of a Spirit That Is Aged Undiluted and Unadulterated
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.”