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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 329 Drink: Laird's Apple Jack

William Laird emigrated to what is now New Jersey from Scotland in 1698. He soon started to distill a brandy using the most abundant fruit available in the area, apples. Later, Robert Laird supplied George Washington's troops with applejack.

Applejack was a commodity in rural areas during the first 100 years of this country. It was made for home consumption and could also be sold and traded.

Laird's Applejack is made with 35 percent apple brandy and 65 percent grain neutral spirit. It is the color of Bourbon and has a slightly oaky nose. The 80 proof spirit has a rum like base, with a touch a toffee in the midst of a long finish. There is a good peppery note that also comes through.

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