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Assorted Bottles of Brandy including Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados

Brandy is the term used for a wide range of distilled spirits that are made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable. The best-known brandies are distilled from grapes and the term covers a wide range of products including Cognac, Armagnac, Grappa, Eau-de-Vie, and Calvados

To make brandy, a mash of grapes or other suitable sugary or starchy produce is allowed to ferment, converting the natural sugars into alcohol and thus forming a sort of wine. This is then distilled to make a stronger spirit, which will retain some of the flavour characteristics of the original material.

Generally, any region that has an abundance of fruit some form of brandy will be produced from it. Calvados is apple brandy from Normandy, Slivovitz is plum brandy popular in central and eastern Europe, whilst Marc, as in marc de Bourgogne, is a brandy made by further fermenting the skins from grapes after they have been pressed to make wine.

If a beverage comes from a particular fruit (or multiple fruits) other than exclusively grapes, it may be referred to as a "fruit brandy" or "fruit spirit" or named using the specific fruit, such as "cherry brandy", rather than just generically as "brandy". These products are also called eau de vie (which translates to "water of life"). Eau-de-vie is a clear, colourless brandy generally made from a single fruit, such as pear (Poire William is a common example), raspberry (Framboise) or other soft or orchard fruits.

Brandy generally contains 35 - 60% alcohol by volume and is typically drunk as an after-dinner digestif. Some brandies are aged in wooden casks, others are coloured with caramel colouring to imitate the effect of ageing and some are produced using a combination of both ageing and colouring.

Cognac is a distinct type of brandy with a protected name, made exclusively from grapes grown in the Cognac area of France. Armagnac is another superior type of brandy, made in that geographical area of France.

 

 

Lustau Brandy de Jerez Solera Reserva - 70cl | 40% ABV

£24.50
Award winning Spanish Brandy aged for 3 years in the Solera and Criadera system... Read More...
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Lustau Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva - 70cl | 40% ABV

£31.95
Award winning Spanish Brandy from the renowned Bodegas Emilio Lustau... Read More...
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Lustau Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva Finest Selection - 70cl | 40% ABV

£35.95
Spanish Brandy aged an average of over 15 years... Read More...
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Cognac ABK6 VS Pure Single | 40% ABV

£39.95
Cognac ABK6 is owned and run by the father and daughter team of... Read More...
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Ornellaia Eligo dell'Ornellaia Grappa Riserva - 50cl | 42% ABV

£40.00
Eligo dell’Ornellaia Grappa Riserva illustrates Ornellaia’s philosophy that an uncompromising selection process in... Read More...
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Castarède Bas Armagnac VSOP | 40% ABV

£45.00
With more than 175 years of experience, devotion & work, the Castarède family... Read More...
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Gaja Rossj-Bas Grappa - 50cl | 42% ABV

£45.00
Gaja's Rossj-Bass Grappa is produced exclusively from the pomace of the Gaja Rossj-Bass... Read More...
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Hine Rare VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac | 40% ABV

£47.95
The Hine Rare VSOP Cognac is a blend of around twenty eaux-de-vie from... Read More...
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Cognac ABK6 VSOP Superior Single Estate Cognac | 40% ABV

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Cognac ABK6 is owned and run by the father and daughter team of... Read More...
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Cognac Tesseron Composition

£49.95
The Cognac Tesseron Composition is a new addition to the house line-up and... Read More...
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Castarède Bas Armagnac XO | 40% ABV

£55.00
Castarède Bas Armagnac XO is matured in oak barrels for twenty years, which... Read More...
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Castarède Bas Armagnac Vintage 1984 | 40% ABV

£60.00
Armagnac Castarède 1984 Vintage Bas Armagnac has a delicate nose with hints of... Read More...
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Cognac Tesseron Lot 90 XO Ovation

£75.00
Tesseron's Lot 90 XO Ovation owes its freshness and purity to the vivacity... Read More...
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Cognac ABK6 XO Family Reserve

£90.00
The ABK6 XO Family Reserve is an exceptional single estate Cognac that has... Read More...
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Cognac Tesseron Lot 76 XO Tradition

£99.99
The Tesseron Cognac Lot 76 XO Tradition is an exceptional blend of the... Read More...
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Cognac Tesseron XO Passion

£160.00
The Cognac Tesseron XO Passion is the result of family know-how, secrets and... Read More...
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Cognac Tesseron Lot 53 XO Perfection

£225.00
The Cognac Tesseron Lot 53 XO Perfection is an assembly of the domaines... Read More...
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Cognac Tesseron Extra Legende

£240.00
The Cognac Tesseron Extra Legende forms part of the house Signature Collection and... Read More...
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Cognac Tesseron Lot 29 XO Exception

£475.00
The Cognac Tesseron Lot 29 XO Exception is a fine and rare expression... Read More...
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Cognac Tesseron Extreme Rare

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The Cognac Tesseron Extreme Rare is a unique blend of Cognacs coming from... Read More...
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