Christian Brothers XO. With a whole bunch of 'very rare, select casks' superlatives, that basically mean that they're feeling what the rest of the wine industry is, a squeeze across the board, resulting in cheaper high quality grapes. Basically, the good stuff is cheaper because the market is down, so you, the consumer, get higher quality booze and wine. Mid level wines right now are at some of the highest quality levels you'll find for quite a while right now, so stock up, because $15 wines made with grapes that would go to $75 bottles in a better economy won't last forever.
Anyway, the brandy. Fancy looking bottle, but not all that incredibly artful. I'll look good on a shelf, but not one I would consider saving as a display piece. I hate the nose. It smells like a cream based cocktail gone bad, or a bottle of Bailey's past it's prime. Probably not a smell everyone will associate, but I got really smashed on White Russians at a party once, and so I'm a little touchy around that things resembling that smell.
Once it gets on the palate, that passes. It briefly starts soft, oaky and fruity, and builds into spice and pepper. Pretty good.
It's certainly a change from the E&J XO I kept around before (the running out of which prompted purchasing this one), which was all caramel and vanilla with toasted wood. It was much softer and sweeter a brandy.