SCOBEYVILLE, N.J. — 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. Long a darling of the craft bartending community and discerning tipplers, Laird’s Bonded will again be available in bars, restaurants and retail stores beginning in Late Summer 2018 (50% ABV/SRP $31.99/750ml). It sets the category’s benchmarks for quality and integrity.
“We are delighted to bring back Laird’s Bonded,” said 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. Sip-worthy and versatile, it is unsurpassed in flavor, authenticity and quality.”
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.”
About Laird & Company
Headquartered in Scobeyville, N.J., Laird & Company is America’s oldest family-owned, licensed distillery. 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. The company is now once again releasing its famed Laird’s Bottled in Bond Straight Apple Brandy, a darling of craft bartenders, as well as Laird’s Straight Applejack 86, which revives the company’s pre-Prohibition Apple Brandy. The company is led by its eighth and ninth generation father/daughter team of Larrie Laird and Lisa Laird Dunn. For more information, please visit www.lairdandcompany.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LairdsApplejack/, follow us on Twitter at @LairdsApplejack and Instagram at @lairdsapplejack.