Christian Brothers VS Brandy
Christian Brothers // USA
A religious order called the Christian Brothers began to distill brandy in 1882. Wine is still made and is distilled in the San Joaquin Valley which contribute a part in their brandies. European brandy is also blended to create this product which is bottled in California. The VS is aged from 2-6 years in oak barrels.
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.
"Tasting this blind, you'd be hard pressed to guess you were drinking a brandy. The aromas are so strongly associated with bourbon: vanilla, maple, and char smoke. Sweet on the tip of your tongue with caramel and maple, the body of the product is on the thin side and finishes bittersweet. The thing is, the product itself isn't horrible; it's not great, but it's drinkable. The problem is, it doesn't taste like the product of fruit, let alone grapes."