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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 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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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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Vecchia Romagna's black label is a lovely Italian Brandy that's distilled from Trebbiano grapes in the French "Charentais" style. Very flavoursome…  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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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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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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The Metaxa Private Reserve is made yearly by the Metaxa Master, who selects the well-aged expressions of Greek brandy from the extensive cellars, using distillates matured for up to 30 years...  More info
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Metaxa 12 Star
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A Spanish grape brandy from port-producers Sandeman. Sweet and round with toffee and vanilla flavours.  More info
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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
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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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A rare bottle of Metaxa Grand Olympian Reservel, produced in the 1990s and presented in a beautiful ceramic decanter. Very collectible.  More info
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10 year old brandy from the famous Vecchia Romagna brand, which is one of the most popular spirits brands in Italy. The Vecchia Romagna Riserva is made from Trebbiano grapes and spends a decade...  More info
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A bottle of Adega Velha, produced by Aveleda in Portugal in 1984. This grape-based brandy continues to be made by the Portuguese producers, which is pretty neat indeed.  More info
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Soberano Reserva 5
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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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A simple, easy-going brandy from Baron de Beaupré, produced in France. Good for use in cocktails and cooking.  More info
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