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 […]

19 SepThe 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 SepHow 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 SepHow 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 […]

06 AugThe World’s Best Brandy Bars – Part 1

It’s strange but true that in spite of the worldwide popularity of brandy, the majority of bars only offer a small selection of the same bottles. Most of these aren’t exactly high on quality, either, and are from the more famous brands like Hennessy. Not that we don’t want to be offered brandy by the […]