Finally an update on the Blackberry Brandy!
We made it in a big jar in the closet and decanted it into flasks right before we went up to Connecticut. I printed out some pretty labels from the Martha Stewart website and wrote that it would be "Best after January 23" since technically it was supposed to sit in the jar for another month to complete the flavor-making process.
Of course, our friends are unwilling to wait when it comes to alcohol and drank some of it anyway. Apparently it is surprisingly good. Success!