Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy Bottled in Bond

Laird's Straight Apple Brandy

Price: $30

Distilled/Owned by: Laird’s

Region: New Jersey

50% ABV

Aged For: Minimum 4 years

Cask Type: New charred oak

Color Added: No

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Apple butter, honey, vanilla, clove, oak, and baking spices

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, oak, and orchard fruits

Finish: Medium warmth, good length, pepper, oak, cinnamon, apples

Thoughts: A young American apple brandy, very apple and oak forward
Score: 80 out of 100

Copper & Kings Butchertown


Paid: $50 for 750 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Copper & Kings

Region: Kentucky

62% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak, and ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oak and leather with baking spice, cinnamon, vanilla, grape, and coffee grinds, and maple

Mouthfeel: Full and dry

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, pepper, leather, spice, brown sugar, grape, and cola

Finish: Long and warm, oak, grape, dark chocolate, caramel

Thoughts: This is a powerful brandy, that drinks like a whisky.

Score: 84 out of 100

Germain Robin XO

Germain Robin XO

Price: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Germain Robin

Region: California, USA

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS, average 17 years

Grapes Used: 80% Pinot Noir

Cask Type: Limousin oak

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color Added: Undisclosed

Color: Burnt umber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sugar covered raisins, grape, dried fruit, oak, citrus

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Medium grape, dried fruits, figs, citrus, vanilla

Finish: Light warmth, light to medium length, grapes, sour citrus, oak, and light caramel

Thoughts: Not bad, but not good in my mind either, I’m guessing I’m not a fan of the Pinot Noir grapes used in the distillation.

Score: 75 out of 100

Germain Robin XO Apple Brandy

Germain Robin XO Apple Brandy

Price: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Germain Robin

Region: California, USA

40.2% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Color: Coper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cinnamon, apple pie, rich pastry and caramel

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Baked apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla

Finish: Medium warmth and length, with the apples and pastry returning.

Thoughts: The flavors are good, but it same to be the same notes from nose to finish, so not the most complex drink out there.

Score: 78 out of 100


Copper & Kings Single Barrel Liquor Barn Select

Copper & Kings Single Barrel LB

Paid: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Copper & Kings

Region: Kentucky

56.5% ABV

Grapes: Undisclosed

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon barrel

Color: Pale orange

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, mint, Riesling wine, herbs, oak, and floral notes

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Heavily herbal, oak, very whisky like, grapeskins, pepper, tobacco, floral, rye

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, spices, pepper, tobacco, leather, and cherry

Thoughts: This reminded me more of rye whiskey than brandy, very herbal in taste. Not what I am looking for in my brandy, but it may be someone else’s jam.

Score: 78 out of 100

Copper & Kings Floodwall

Copper and Kings Floodwall

Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Copper & Kings

Region: America / Kentucky

50% ABV

Distillate: Apples

Aged For: 4 Years

Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Copper (huh, funny that)

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Apple pie, brown sugar, oak, dried citrus, raisins, alcohol notes, toffee

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but rich

Palate/Taste: Sweet dates, prunes, dry sherry, apple butter, molasses, oak

Finish: Medium warmth and length, dried fruits, apples, and milk chocolate with nuts

Thoughts: A well done American apple brandy that has a good combination of mouthfeel, finish and flavor. The apple notes are pleasant and take well to the bourbon and sherry cask aging.

Score: 83 out of 100