Three new mystery brandies were sampled recently. In order of price they were:
Alfonso I - A brandy de jerez, this clocked in around ten bucks. A bit harsh around the edges but mellowed a bit in ice. The flavor is consistent with Jerez brandies, and taste wise not bad. Buy.
Tres Cepas - Around fifteen bucks, also a brandy de Jerez. Less bite than the Alfonso. Also a buy, but only nominally so.
Captain Apple Jack - This is a bottled in bond apple brandy. The same stuff as Laird's apple brandy, but marketed for Virginia. The label features an androgynous looking pirate. I call it "Pat". On closeout sale for 20 bucks. Harsh around the edges, not as strong of an apple flavor as I recall from the Laird's. Good for mixing but a bit too pricey for a mixing brandy, even at closeout prices. Pass.
So there you go.