Laird & Company, America’s oldest family-owned, licensed distillery, today announces the return of Laird’s Bottled in Bond 100 Proof Straight Apple Brandy (Laird’s Bonded) after a four-year hiatus. Long a darling of the craft bartending community and discerning tipplers, Laird’s Bonded will again be available in bars, restaurants and retail stores beginning in Late Summer 2018 (50% ABV/SRP $31.99/750ml). It sets the category’s benchmarks for quality and integrity.
A Quality Guarantee of a Spirit That Is Aged Undiluted and Unadulterated
Congress passed the Bottled-in-Bond Act in 1897 to combat the increasing amount of fraudulent and sometimes dangerous Whiskey being sold in the late 19th century. Bonded products were a guarantee to the consumer that the spirit would be aged undiluted and unadulterated. Today, the U.S. Department of Treasury/TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) oversees the designation.
There are four requirements for a spirit to be designated Bottled in Bond:
- Bottled at no less than 50% ABV (100 proof)
- Aged in wood for a minimum of 4 years
- Distilled at one American distillery
- Distilled in the same season