20 Dec Your First Steps on Your Cognac Journey

Today, we have brandies representing countries from all over. The drink that we typically refer to when we utter the word “brandy”, however, is cognac. Cognac is only made in one region of southeast France. Made from French oak varieties it’s primary distilled from ugni blanc grapes and aged in barrels for years. Other grape […]

07 Dec A Beginner’s Guide to Brandy

Brandy suffers from somewhat of an identity crisis when it comes to base sprits. Some regard it as the gentry class’ ultimate quaff- the drink of cigar-smoking men in suits, stood by wooden bookcases talking about their latest investments. Others see it as the drink of choice in the hip-hop scene, with glasses of Hennessy […]

28 Nov 6 of the Finest Brandy Cocktails

Brandy is used in more classic cocktails than you might think. Unfortunately, many have been lost over time and are limited to the pages of old and worn out bartending guides. A small selection of the very best drinks, however, have survived the passing years and remain favourites of many a cocktail lover. These drinks […]

27 Oct Brandy vs Cognac: What are the Differences?

You’re likely familiar with the taste of both brandy and cognac, even if you don’t think so. The likelihood is, however, that you don’t know one from the other. So, let’s be clear: brandy and cognac, while sharing certain similarities i.e. they’re both pungent, smooth, silk, and traditionally refined spirits made from distilling wine, aren’t […]

12 Oct 10 Best American Brandies – Part 2

In part 1, we covered the first four brandies on our list of the finest American brandies, so now it’s time forthe remaining six that you should definitely try or, at the very least, know of. Germain-Robin Alembic Brandy One-Time Blend No. 25, $75 (Germain-Robin, CA) You’ll definitely want to try this splendid limited edition. […]

05 Oct 10 Best American Brandies – Part 1

When you hear the words “American spirit”, you most likely find yourself thinking about your last glass of whisky. But brandy, that other American brown spirit, is often under-appreciated. Most accounts say that brandy was the original American distilled spirit, in fact. It’s made with pears, peaches, and apples that grew in the colonies. It […]

29 Sep A Layman’s Guide to Brandy

Even in a world where cocktails are grabbing all of the attention, in which careful preparation and high-quality ingredients are the order of the day, and liquor is enjoying a respect and popularity as high as it has since pre-Prohibition, the finest brandy still can’t seem to shake its stuffy reputation. Brandy can be far […]

19 Sep The World’s Best Brandy Bars – Part 2

The Office, Chicago, USA continued Their choice of brandies ranges between VSOP qualities and vintages. It’s also a great venue to find rarer brandies from smaller producers. Some of their brandies are from artisan producer Jean Luc Pasquet. If you like brandy cocktails or long drinks, the most commonly used brandy you’ll find here is […]

18 Sep How South African Brandy is Made – Part 2

Oak maturation This is undoubtedly the single most significant stage of brandy making. Once the last spirit has been released from the potstill, we have a clear white and infused alcohol with concentrated aromas and flavours of the original base wine. Through the alcohol’s maturation in oak barrels for an unspecified period of time (years), […]

10 Sep How South African Brandy is Made – Part 1

When you take your first steps on your journey into the world of brandy, it might just be the case that you have no knowledge of how it is made. It might be true that you know it’s made from wine rather than grain, like is the case with whisky, but you’ll need to know […]