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Brandy is one of the world’s best-loved spirits, and it can be drunk in a variety of ways, though it is most enjoyed as an after dinner digestif. It is made across the world, and is essentially any spirit distilled from fruit – with grapes being the most commonly used.

The term brandy derives from the Dutch “brandewijn” – literally meaning “burnt wine” – a reference to grape brandy’s production (and the distillation of wine). It is often aged and can be drunk neat, mixed in a variety of cocktails (including such classics as the Brandy Alexander and the Sidecar) as well as being a popular culinary flavouring. Because of the breadth of styles of brandy, and the number of fruits used in its preparation, the flavour can vary from the floral, nutty bouquet of a Fine Cognac, to the bittersweet tanginess of a well-aged Grappa.

The most popular variety of brandy, grape brandy is made by distilling fermented grapes. Cognac, Armagnac and Brandy de Jerez dominate the genre in terms of reputation - the former two are made in the areas of the same name in France and the latter is made in Spain. America, Portugal and South Africa are also known for their grape brandies, and more or less every country in the world has its own variant.

Brandy can be distilled from pretty much any fruit. Apples, plums, cherries and apricots are amongst the most common, and there is a wide breadth of variants from around the world. Well liked fruit brandies include: Applejack (an American apple brandy), Poire William (a French pear brandy), Slivovitz/Slivovice (an Eastern European plum brandy) and, perhaps most popular of all, Calvados – a French spirit distilled from apple cider.

Pomace brandy is made by distilling the fermented by-products of wine production. These include grape seeds, skins and stems. The Italians have the famed Grappa, the French have Marc and there are a number of other Pomace Brandies made around the world.

Did you know?... ...The earliest brandy (as we know it today) first appeared in the 12th century AD.

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Metaxa Amphora 7 Star
(70cl, 40%)
Amphora 7 Star is a 7 year old Greek brandy, with botanicals and muscat wine. The brand was created by Spyros Metaxa in 1888.  More info
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$35.58
South African Brandy from KMV made out of grapes from the Cape and distilled in copper pot stills. Matured in oak, this offers something different from the French offerings, for the brandy-lover...  More info
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A Spanish grape brandy from port-producers Sandeman. Sweet and round with toffee and vanilla flavours.  More info
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$33.91
From sunny Spain, the Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva is aged using the Solera system, which they say produces a brandy with an average age of 15 years. We like to think there might have been a...  More info
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$62.54
Three Barrels is a family owned producer that takes it name from its use of brandies from three wine producing regions: Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne. The Three Barrels XO is aged for a minimum of...  More info
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$40.60
Relaunched under a new name, Asbach's popular 3 year old German grape brandy, formerly known as 'Uralt', is matured in Limousin oak casks and has a fruity, tangy character.  More info
$39.40
Asbach Privatbrand 8 Year Old is a popular rich, spicy German brandy which has been matured in small French Limousin oak casks. The company has won many awards for their brandies, including a Gold at...  More info
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The Metaxa Private Reserve is made yearly by the Metaxa Master, who selects the well-aged expressions of Greek brandy from the extensive cellars, using distillates matured for up to 30 years...  More info
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$141.98
Kilpdrift Brandy is distilled in Robertson, in the Western Cape of South Africa. The brand was founded in 1938, while many other producers at the time were focussed on wine, Klipdrift used the grapes...  More info
$40.15
A luxurious brandy from the well loved German producers, Asbach. 21 year old, they have blended an outstanding cuvée which has been bottled in a deservedly deluxe bottle with a premium stopper.  More info
$194.73
Created by Van Ryn's, who founded their distillery in 1905. The brandies they make are distilled from Chenin Blanc and Colombard grapes.  More info
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$53.03
A South African brandy, Van Ryn's Distillers Reserve is aged for 12 years, and it won at the International Wine and Spirits Competition three times.  More info
$80.39
The Torres 30 Jaime I. Spanish Brandy features an incredible blend of some of their old stocks, including some made using Parellada grapes (which they use in the Torres 10) which has been aged further...  More info
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Metaxa 5 Star
(70cl, 38%)
The Metaxa brand was established in 1888 by Spyros Metaxa. The brandies are made by blending grape spirit with plump grapes from Attica.  More info
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$31.09
Made with Parellada grapes, a traditional Catalan variety, and Ugni Blanc grapes, which are more commonly found in Cognac and Italian wines, the Torres 20 is a well crafted expression. The brandy...  More info
$46.67
This is essentially a French version of Grappa, distilled from Pomace. This particular spirit from Jean Goyard is made in the Champagne region, and the grapes are sourced exclusively from the region.  More info
$44.26
Three Barrels VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
A family owned brand, this VSOP brandy is handmade and offers flavours of walnut, almond and dried fruits. Good value for money.  More info
$30.26
KWV 5 Star VO Brandy
(70cl, 38%)
A double pot distilled brandy from South Africa, aged in French oak before blending with unaged wine distillate.  More info
$27.28
Made in the heart of the Alsace by G Miclo, this Marc is distilled from the pomace of Gewurztraminer grapes (usually used to produce the sweeter wines of the Alsace, Austria and Germany).  More info
$52.17
Asbach 15 Year Old
(70cl, 38%)
A well aged expression of the popular, spicy and effortlessly stylish Asbach brandy. It is distilled in copper pot stills and aged for 15 years in Limousin casks before bottling.  More info
$72.98
An Italian grape brandy procued at the Camel distillery by top Italian grappa aficionada Bepi Tosolini. Well aged, with loads of flavour.  More info
$67.70
Travarica Dalmatika is made with wine distillate and a selection of herbs from Dalmatia, including sage, rosemary, mint and walnut leaf, among others. It is produced by Croatian liqueur experts...  More info
$46.93
Torres 10 is a solera aged Spanish brandy, made by a company that certainly knows a thing or two about producing excellent grape-based beverages, as Torres have a history with top-quality brandies and...  More info
$30.90
A great aperitif, Ratafia is made using fresh grape juice from the Champagne region, this is then fortified with spirit distilled in the region. Very similar to Pineau de Charentes.  More info
$37.80
KWV VS Cape Brandy
(70cl, 36%)
The VS expressions of KWV Cape Brandy, which is produced in South Africa. A good value brandy, with plenty of vanilla, toasty oak and dried fruit notes throughout.  More info
$26.02
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