Drinking Endorsement: Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy

Laird's Straight Apple Brandy

The most popular modern brand of “applejack,” this stuff has a long history in America and was pretty much what Johnny Appleseed got twisted on. Laird’s original distillery–“America’s first commercial distillery”–is in New Jersey, where applejack was evidently used as highway currency at one point–hence the nickname “Jersey Lightning.” At 100 proof, this sweet but stiff brown spirit ain’t the apple juice you drank as a child.

From the distiller’s website: “The first apple crop in the New World was harvested from trees planted by the pilgrims. The early colonists were leery of drinking water…they believed it to carry disease. They thought that strong drink, on the other hand, prevented ill health.”

Ahh, the wisdom of our forefathers.

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