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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 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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A 1970s bottling of Gran Duque d'Alba Brandy Reserve, which features the portrait of a rather stern looking bearded gentleman on the label. Surely he would be very in fashion these days. Well, maybe...  More info
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VSOP French brandy from the Jules Clairon range. A handsome choice for use in cocktails.  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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A fabulous blend of brandy which has matured for up to 12 years and Muscat wines from the Samos region goes together to create Metaxa 12 Star. Floral, herby and pleasantly sweet, it's a gorgeous Greek...  More info
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Metaxa 5 Star
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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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Metaxa AEN 2008
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Metaxa AEN was released in celebration of the 120th birthday of the Greek brandy, made with a blend of spirits aged up to 80 years. The decanters are filled from their cask #1, known as the Spyros...  More info
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Metaxa Amphora 7 Star
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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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This is a bottle of René Briand VFB Brandy bottled in 1968. As well as being a charming collectable piece it is still good to drink - providing an insight into an antique product.  More info
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A subtle, nutty, complex Spanish brandy offering up notes of coffee and sherried peels. Good body and value for money.  More info
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