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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.

Alter Eerhardt Weinbrand - 1960s

75cl, 38%
Jakob Gerhardt Nierstein

A 1960s bottling of German grape brandy produced by the Jakob Gerhardt Nierstein winery.  More info

Alter Eerhardt Weinbrand - 1960s
$158.72

Anglias Brandy

70cl, 32%
Crist. Haggipavlu & Sons Ltd

A mellow, flavoursome brandy from Cyprus, good for using in cocktails and mixed drinks - try it in a Brandy Sour...  More info

Anglias Brandy
$20.61

Ararat Akhtamar 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Yerevan Brandy Company

A 10 year old Armenian brandy from the Ararat brand. The Yerevan Brandy Company even has its own cooperage to create the barrels to age their rich, spicy brandies.  More info

Ararat Akhtamar 10 Year Old
3
$45.08

Asbach 15 Year Old

70cl, 38%
Asbach

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

Asbach 15 Year Old
$53.81

Asbach Original 3 Year Old

70cl, 38%
Asbach

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

Asbach Original 3 Year Old
$25.91

Asbach Privatbrand 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Asbach

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

Asbach Privatbrand 8 Year Old
$37.74

Asbach Uralt

70cl, 38%
Asbach

Asbach Uralt is a German grape brandy aged for up to 3 years in Limousin oak casks. Very fruity in character, tangy. Now relaunched as Asbach Original 3 Year Old.  More info

Asbach Uralt
7
$31.69

Asbach Uralt - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Asbach

Ah, good old Asbach Uralt, a German brandy that remained fairly popular decades after the first and second world wars as some soldiers had became quite fond of it. This bottling dates from the 1970s…  More info

Asbach Uralt - 1970s
$132.27

Baron de Beaupré Napoleon (70cl)

70cl, 36%
Baron de Beaupré

A simple, easy-going brandy from Baron de Beaupré, produced in France. Good for use in cocktails and cooking.  More info

Baron de Beaupré Napoleon (70cl)
$16.38

Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real With Riedel Snifter

70cl, 40%
Sánchez Romate

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…  More info

Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real With Riedel Snifter
$101.16

Carlos I Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez

70cl, 38%
Osborne

An XO brandy from Jerez, Spain. It's made using a solera system that's been going for a hundred years! In theory, a tiny amount of the brandy will be this old as the casks are never fully emptied,…  More info

Carlos I Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez
3
$35.09

Carlos I XO Imperial Brandy

70cl, 38%
Osborne

An impressive 15 year old XO brandy from top Spanish producers Osborne.  More info

Carlos I XO Imperial Brandy
2
$109.94

Carlos III Solera Reserva 1l

100cl, 36%
Osborne

Carlos III Solera Reserva spends over 6 years ageing in a solera system, featuring Oloroso Sherry casks, before being bottled at 36% ABV. Enjoyably sweet with touches of toasted nuts and chopped…  More info

Carlos III Solera Reserva 1l
$30.70

Christopher's Monseigneur Brandy - 1960s

70cl, 40%
Christopher's

This is a 1960s bottling of Christopher's Monseigneur Brandy, a French brandy which the label describes as "Three Star Quality". In case you're wondering, Monseigneur is an honorific used in the…  More info

Christopher's Monseigneur Brandy - 1960s
$238.09

Conde de Osborne Solera Gran Reserva

70cl, 40.50%
Osborne

The Conde de Osborne Solera Gran Reserve is crafted using 100% Airen grapes and is matured in a Solera ageing system featuring American oak casks that previously held Pedro Ximénez Sherry. This has…  More info

Conde de Osborne Solera Gran Reserva
$45.55

Cortel Napoléon Brandy

70cl, 40%
Cortel

This French grape brandy with Napoleon in big letters is also labelled as a VSOP, neither of which necessarily mean all that much in this case, but this is a decent basic brandy. Useful for flambéing…  More info

Cortel Napoléon Brandy
$22.02

Cortel Napoléon VSOP

70cl, 40%
Cortel

From the Cortel French brandy selection comes their VSOP expression. Expect oodles of fresh fruit notes from this one.  More info

Cortel Napoléon VSOP
$18.89

Cortel XO

70cl, 40%
Cortel

This is the XO expression from French brandy range, Cortel. Should be good for use in cocktails and mixed drinks.  More info

Cortel XO
$24.39

Cortel XO Basquaise Gaudrons

70cl, 40%
Cortel

This is the XO brandy from the Cortel range, presented in a rather decorative bottle which makes it look like it came from out of history.  More info

Cortel XO Basquaise Gaudrons
$24.68

Croizet VSOP Grand Reserve Brandy - 1960s

75cl, 42%
Croizet

A 1960s bottle of VSOP Grande Reserve Brandy, bottled under the Croizet name. Interestingly, it looks to have been produced and bottle in Torino, Italy.  More info

Croizet VSOP Grand Reserve Brandy - 1960s
$198.41

Decaumont 7 Year Old 3 Star Brandy - 1960s

Decaumont

This is a bottle of Decaumont 7 Year Old 3 Star Brandy, produced in France in the 1960s. According to the label, this was shipped by Ed. Young & Co. - also, it seems to have a lion who is ready for a…  More info

Decaumont 7 Year Old 3 Star Brandy - 1960s
$330.68

Delour Napoleon Brandy

70cl, 36%
Delour

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

Delour Napoleon Brandy
$19.23

Domecq 1820 Solera Reserve Brandy

50cl, 36%
Pedro Domecq

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

Domecq 1820 Solera Reserve Brandy
1
$15.57

Duffau Floc de Gascogne

75cl, 17%
Duffau

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

Duffau Floc de Gascogne
$15.24

Fabbri Gran Senior Brandy - 1970s

75cl, 42%
Fabbri

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,…  More info

Fabbri Gran Senior Brandy - 1970s
$132.27

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