All the woolen goods made were coarse and suited to the necessities of the time, for in the early days of the country the government tolerated no display of luxury. Father Duran well understood how to make wine and aguardiente; clear brandy of San Jose' which came out with the appearance of clear water, was colored with a sirup [sic] made with burnt sugar. The color was then a light yellow. The brandy was double-distilled, and therefore very strong.
From: California Pastoral, 1888, p. 449