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Carriage house apple brandy

ncyankee101 Sep 18, 2012 11:46 AM

This is a local brand here in NC and I am not sure how widely it is distributed. I am curious to know if anyone else has tried this, and how it compares to Laird's 100 proof, which I have the opportunity to acquire online for $24.

I have the Laird's 7 1/2 yr and like it quite a bit, but I know the BIB version is supposed to be much more appley (?).

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  1. yarm RE: ncyankee101 Sep 18, 2012 12:44 PM

    I find Laird's 7 1/2 to be more apple-flavored and closer to Calvados. Barreled in Bond has some serious whiskey-barrel like notes going on from the aging despite being aged for less time (4 years, I believe). The difference is probably the char level of the barrel with the BIB approximating rye and Bourbon (dark) and the L7.5 being more like a Cognac barrel (lightly toasted).


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    1. re: yarm
      ncyankee101 RE: yarm Sep 18, 2012 12:58 PM

      Thanks, you're the first I have heard say the 7 1/2 yr has more apple flavor than the BIB. I am probably going to go ahead and get the BIB just for the sake of completism, I am a little OCD that way ;-)

      For the record I have a bottle of the carriage house, it is young tasting with not much wood - not bad but it seems to me like there could be more apple flavor to it. It costs about the same as I paid for the 7 1/2 yr at $24 ($20 on sale) so I doubt I will get it again.

      Edit : D'oh, thanks alpha that was a mental lapse on my part, it has been corrected.

      1. re: ncyankee101
        alphanumeric RE: ncyankee101 Sep 18, 2012 01:02 PM

        I believe yarm actually meant that 7 1/2 yr is the more apple-flavoured of the two (correct me if I'm wrong).

      2. re: yarm
        EvergreenDan RE: yarm Sep 22, 2012 03:02 AM

        Odd. I found the opposite, with the 7.5 being more like cognac and the BIB full of apple. Alas I don't have both bottles on hand anymore to confirm.

        1. re: EvergreenDan
          yarm RE: EvergreenDan Sep 22, 2012 08:29 AM

          I should have stated this as the 7.5 being more apple-centric (as I did compare it to Calvados) or having more of the purity of the apple. The BIB is definitely apple, but also rough barrel that detracts on the tongue when neat but adds to the experience in cocktails.

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