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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 1960s bottling of German grape brandy produced by the Jakob Gerhardt Nierstein winery.  More info
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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
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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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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
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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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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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A blend of young armagnac from Duffau, and fresh grape juice. Similar to Pineau, this is a lovely appetiser with plenty of fruitiness.  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 50cl bottle G. Miclo's crisp Marc d'Alsace, distilled from the pomace of Gewurztraminer grapes.  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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Made in the heart of the Champagne region, Jean Goyard create this wonderful brandy by distilling grape pomace. They age the spirit for several years in oak, and the result is aromatic and flavourful.  More info
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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
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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
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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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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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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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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
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KWV 5 Star VO Brandy
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A double pot distilled brandy from South Africa, aged in French oak before blending with unaged wine distillate.  More info
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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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KWV VS Cape Brandy
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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
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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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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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This Lepanto Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez from Gonzalez Byass was matured is casks which previous held sweet, stick Pedro Ximenez Sherry. This has imparted a depth of bright, sweet touches to...  More info
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