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 […]

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 […]