28 Jan250 Years of Hennessy

There was a myth around cognac that existed for quite some time. For years, it was believed that those who drank it were either rappers or silver-haired white men. While those two demographics have been known to enjoy the drink, many others from various other groups love nothing more than sipping on a glass of […]

21 Jan6 Surprising Facts About Hennessy

Just like Bacardi and Jack Daniel’s, Hennessy is a distilled spirit brand name that has evolved from a term banded around by casual spirit fans into a darling of pop culture. While many generations of brandy drinkers have relished the cognac during its lengthy existence, however, a very small number are aware of the history […]

11 JanThe Basics of Brandy

Brandy is a beverage that over the years has become something of an elite’s drink. Something that you can only imagine the upper classes and perhaps war veterans or cigar smoking grandads to be drinking. In fact, you’d be excused for not even knowing what it is, I can’t picture many people heading down to […]

20 DecYour 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 DecA 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 Nov6 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 OctBrandy 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 Oct10 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 Oct10 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 SepA 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 […]