Carriage house apple brandy
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 (?).
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).
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.