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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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A brandy from the 1970s. Highly collectable. ("Distillato di vino.")  More info
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A 1960s bottling of German grape brandy produced by the Jakob Gerhardt Nierstein winery.  More info
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A rare old bottling of Italian brandy, Sarti's '3 Valets Reserve', dating from between 1949 and 1959.  More info
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Lepanto Solera Gran Reserve, produced by Gonzalez Byass, possesses a great deal of character within it stylish bottle. The brandy itself is produced exclusively using Palomino grapes and is aged for...  More info
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Regal and antique, the Pedro Domecq Carlos I Solera Especial Brandy is a rare piece of spirit history from the 1970s.  More info
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The chap on the bottle and box of this Gran Duque d'Alba Brandy de Jerez from the 1970s looks a bit like Liam Neeson when he has a goatee, which can only be a sign of good things.

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A 1970s bottle of Raynal Napolean Brandy, including a presentation box that features the Cognac-loving chap himself. It looks like he's pointing at the bottle and saying "I would like this, please,"...  More info
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Great Southern Grappe
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Grappe is not quite a Grappa, and it's not just because the vowel on the end of the word is different, oh no! While Grappa often makes use of the skins, stems and seeds (as to limit waste in...  More info
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Whalebone Brandy
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Australian brandy? Why, this must be the work of those clever Great Southern Distillery Co. chaps. Indeed it is! They distil a selection of wines, mostly Pinot Noir, taken from Great Southern and...  More info
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You don't see Australian brandy every day, but we've got some right here! This is an early bottle of St Agnes Australian Brandy, produced in the 1950s and bottled by Dominion Wines. The brand is still...  More info
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From over 50 years ago, a bottle of Apricot Brandy made by SIS in Italy. Ridiculously old and rare, and although the label has been a little ripped around the edges, it is in surprisingly good...  More info
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Rare, collectible and drop dead gorgeous, this bottle of Sarti 3 Valletti Brandy has been looked after very well over the many, many years it's been around. We believe it was produced at some point...  More info
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This is a 1960s bottle of Aliança Velha, an aged Portuguese brandy. Aliança still produces this expression, so if you're interested in tasting the development of flavour over the years, this is an...  More info
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At over 50 years old, it's really amazing that is beautiful bottle of Sarti 3 Valletti Finsec Brandy survived so long with only a few minor scuffs. Top stuff indeed, very collectible. The lid is...  More info
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A supremely old bottle of Sarti 3 Valletti, made in Italy between 1933 and 1944. This is a very rare bottle, featuring the classic label and also the coat of arms of the House of Savoy on the...  More info
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A very regal-looking bottle of Metaxa 7 Star Brandy, produced in the 1970s. While it is a very gorgeous antique bottle from over 30 years ago, we're afraid it does not seem to have a size or ABV on...  More info
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The Fabbri Gran Senior Brandy was first produced in the early 1900s, and eventually became more popular after the war. This classy, stout bottle of the Italian brandy was produced in the 1970s, making...  More info
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A Spanish brandy from Gonzalez Byass, matured in casks which previously held Oloroso Sherry. Sure to be incredibly flavoursome, with seductive grace from the brandy and rich sweetness from the Oloroso...  More info
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Gran Duque D'Alba is a grape brandy which is aged in American oak for 10 years before it is bottled. These casks have previously held Sherry, adding further depth to the splendid Spanish brandy. The...  More info
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Domecq 1820 is a great value Spanish brandy, matured in American oak casks in a Solera System for two years, imparting notes of rich, toasty oak, vanilla fudge and plump raisins. The name comes from...  More info
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Very much an entry-level brandy here - good for cooking and flambéeing things.  More info
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Distilled from the fermented pomace of Muscat grapes, this is a musky, grapey spirit with plenty of character.  More info
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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
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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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