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Other Brandy

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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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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Rich and full of flavour, Soberano Reserve 5 is a popular Spanish brandy made using the Airén grape and matured in American oak casks. Pairs excellently with citrus - serve neat and cold with a slice...  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 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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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
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A top French VSOP brandy, Three Barrels is incredibly popular on these shores. Great value for money, with plenty of dried fruit, crushed walnut and candied ginger notes.  More info
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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
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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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This is a bottle of Delour Napoleon Brandy, produced in France. It's even got the silhouette of the man himself, and his impressive hat, on the label. Such an impressive hat.  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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A gorgeous gift pack of Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real, a Spanish brandy which is aged for an average of 30 years in a Solera system (with great results, we might add) and a Riedal Snifter glass to enjoy...  More info
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