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May 08, 2009 - Friday Liquor Fact 2: Brandy - The extended family

Brandy is basically any spirit distilled from fermented fruit.

This makes it a really broad category which includes our fine South African grape brandies, and the likes of Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Kirsch, Schnaps, Grappa, Buchu brandy and Witblits! When a product is called Brandy without the type of fruit being specified it usually means that it's a grape brandy.

  • Cognac and Armagnac are grape brandies produced in the French regions of the same names.
  • Calvados is a French apple brandy.
  • Kirsch is a cherry brandy.
  • Schnaps, produced in Germany or Austria, can be made of any of a variety of fruits.
  • Grappa is made from grape skins, seeds etc left over from the production of wine.
  • Buchu is a South African brandy made from the Buchu plant.
  • Mampoer and Witblits are made of peaches and grapes respectively and are typically made on a small scale, bottled at full strength and not matured in wood.

Just about every nation has its local form of brandy - some have more than others.

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