Mad River Malvados
Mad River Distillers // Vermont, USA
Released in October 2014, Malvados is the flagship apple brandy from Mad River Distillers in Vermont. Along with the apples grown on the farm distillery, they source state-grown heirloom apple varieties and locally-produced cider to make their brandy. For distillation, a German craft Mueller still is used. It's only available in 375ml bottles.
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.