Charbay Brandy No. 83
Charbay // California, USA
This brandy was distilled in 1983 (hence the name) by Miles Karakasevic, then Master Distiller of Charbay, and his wife Susan. Their son, Marko, is the current Master Distiller. It was released in November 2010. The brandy uses 100% folle blanche grapes and was double-distilled in an Alambic Charentais pot-still. It was aged for 27 years in French Limousin oak barrels and bottled at 40% ABV. Only 100 cases were produced; a rare find, but one worth the hunt.
American BrandyProduced in the US, this is usually referring to brandy distilled from grape-based wine. If the producer uses other fruit, it must be stated on the label. If aged under two years in oak, it must state the word "immature" on the label. Beyond that, labels such as VS, VSOP, and XO mean little as the brands themselves dictate what that means to them.
Cask TypeLimousin oak
"Quite aromatic on the nose with fruit, especially golden raisins, melon, and red fruit. You can smell lightly toasted French oak as well enticing you to take a sip. The flavor of the brandy is fruit-filled with the age of the brandy revealing itself in more of a dried fruit (dates, raisins, cherry) profile and warming gentle baking spices peppered throughout. The brandy is decidedly soft and easy to drink with a long lasting finish of more dried fruit. A real treat to taste so purchase if you see it."