Sunday, October 21, 2007

Last Night's Tipple

Another difference between Laird's Straight Apple Brandy and Calvados (and American imitators of Calvados): just as Scotch and other foreign whisk(e)y frequently comes in tinted green bottles, so too does Calvados and Calvados-style apple brandy. Laird's comes in a clear glass bottle, just like virtually all quality American whiskey. And why not? It apparently is aged in new charred oak barrels just like American straight whiskey, so it has a nice deep amber color that's a heck of a lot prettier than dark green bottle glass. Just another reminder that while Laird's is apple brandy (and obviously so), it's a distinctively American approach to it.

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