10 May How Brandy can Keep a Body Healthy – Part 2

Helping the Heart It should immediately be noted that in excess any alcoholic beverage will be bad for the heart. That being said the journal titled Food Chemistry, published in the year 2009 studied brandy and came to the conclusion that it actually contains anti-oxidant properties. These properties can help to reduce the levels of […]

27 Feb How Brandy can Keep a Body Healthy – Part 1

Perhaps because brandy is an alcoholic beverage you would assume that its consumption can only have benefit for recreational activities. Well if you this is the case then you my friend may well be in for a pleasant surprise. This strong, alcoholic spirit made by distilling wine and fermenting fruit may actually have several benefits […]

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 […]

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 […]

06 Aug The 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 […]