Paul Masson VS Grande Amber Brandy
Paul Masson // USA
The term "VS" is meaningless to determine age with American brandy. The brandy does, however, have a small age statement: "aged three years in oak" listed on the front of the bottle. Paul Masson was one of the pioneers in the California wine making world back in the 1890's and created and popularized the first American sparkling wine. This brandy has Californian origins, but is bottled and blended in Bardstown, Kentucky.
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.
"Hidden beneath the vanilla and sweet bourbon aromas is a faint scent of grape juice. Fairly full on your palate, the "brandy" has a peppery back note which ends slightly sweet and lightly bitter. The brandy is more like a watered down bourbon which, if you're after that flavor, is what you should purchase instead."