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Review: Paul Masson Grande Amber VS Brandy

Paul-Masson-VS-BrandyDon’t be fooled: The VS in Paul Masson’s Grande Amber VS doesn’t stand for very superior or very special, as it does in France. It stands for very smooth, as noted in tiny type underneath.

Yes, Paul Masson has come a long way since Orson Welles’ day, but it’s still an avowed budget brand. Brandy like this remains its most notable product (a VSOP is also sold), made from unknown grapes, aged three years in barrel, and likely colored within an inch of its life with caramel.

With all that said, for the price, this is not a bad product. I used this brandy to make a punch, but on its own it isn’t at all unpalatable. The nose has an alcoholic punch to it, but loads up caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate, and brown sugar notes, too. On the palate, the caramel-vanilla combo gives up a bit of time to notes of baked apples, raisin, and some cloves. The finish is a bit medicinal, though Paul Masson tries to cover that up with sugary fruit notes. It’s not entirely successful, but let’s give them points for trying…

80 proof.

B- / $10 / paulmassonbrandy.com


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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. ECfromDC November 19, 2015

    Solid B for me … good.

  2. jobob December 10, 2016

    at half the price it works for me !!

  3. Anonymous October 2, 2018

    I love it ! In my opinion it is a solid A no medicine taste ,smooth fruity at a 1980s budget price.Screw the ,imported expensive stuff from Europe ,We have great American grape brandy here!
    Please give this remarkable domestic brandy a try

  4. Philprofbob April 26, 2020

    I agree with Anonymous. It is simply a VERY nice snifter full of nightcap that anyone can afford.

  5. Iliana Mendez November 27, 2020

    May I use this to infuse with apples?


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