Laird's "Single Cask Selection" Barrel 14E15#1 Cask Strength Single Barrel Apple Brandy (750ml)

SKU #1398907

Undisputed in their claim to the oldest distillery in the country, Laird's incorporated in 1780 and was granted License #01 from the U.S. Department of Treasury. They've spent over 300 years producing applejack, including during prohibition (for medicinal purposes only, of course). While always sticking to tradition with their classic bottlings, they have finally jumped into the modern consumer's arena and released single barrels of full proof apple brandy. Aged 53 months, barrel 14E15#1 produced just 160 bottles of highly concentrated apple brandy that was bottled on 11/14/18. The results are truly stunning. This is the be-all, end-all for applejack cocktails. The full proof shoots the intensity of pure apple flavors through the roof and ensures it will shine in any mixed drink. Remarkably smooth, it also allows for exceptional sipping just about any way you like it.

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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2019 | Send Email
Well hello, my punch-drunk big candied apple! The nose is sharp, but it's also a beautiful bouquet of fresh red orchard apple, apple candy syrup, and dark caramel. Balancing the sweeter and fruitier scents are dark spicy notes of cardamom, clove, sumac, and Aleppo pepper. There are also robust wood aromas of sandalwood and resinous pine. The spice rushes out of the gate first on the palate with bold snaps of black pepper, chili powder, and cinnamon. The spice hits hard, but it gradually fades leaving behind gentle woody-floral flavors and a stellar red apple finish.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2019 | Send Email
Awesome single barrel selection! The arrival of these offerings from Laird was an unexpected surprise -- the classic Laird's is a constant bar staple for me, but I've never thought about what more might be out there. Well, now I have my answer, and consequently a recommendation to give: buy some. This was my favorite between the two, with a nose full of spicy clove, pepper, and baked apples and pears. There is a savory intensity, that of dried apple slices and sandalwood, both in the nose and palate. A very interesting and unique addition to a serious drinker's home collection. I would happily drink this straight, or in a simple, old-school cocktail.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2019 | Send Email
Compare casks #1 and #4 and you'll quickly realize the importance of the cask selection process and just how different individual barrels can be. While both are exceptional, they are very different. Cask #1 is substantially sweeter on the nose and palate. It's like a candied caramel apple. The savory complexity of skins in cask #4 are gone and in its place is a carnival of pie spices and sweet, ripe apple varieties. If you want to present a drink with a touch more natural sweetness, choose this barrel. Better yet, grab one of each and experiment yourself. They are different enough you will feel like you got two completely different brands of the highest quality.

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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Alcohol Content (%): 65.8