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Brandy

Brandy is a distillation of wine or fermented fruit juice. It is most commonly associated with grapes, but other base juices can be used.

 

Some of the most renowned brandies in the world come from Cognac and Armagnac, in the South West of France, but a variety of styles are made throughout the world. Because of the strong connection with grapes, production is largely in the same regions that make wine.

 

Once the base wine has been distilled, the spirit is then aged in oak casks to mature and develop more complex flavours. Each country and region has its own particular style and rule set to adhere to. Many countries set minimum lengths of maturation for the spirit, but it is also common to use sugar and caramel colouring to give the appearance of extra age.

 

Brandies that do not use grapes are often called things like fruit brandy, apple brandy, or if it is made using the leftover pulp (or must) from grapes, it is known as Grappa. The non grape-based spirits can also be called Eau-de-Vie. Countries like the USA insist on these terms being used for anything that is not exclusively made from grapes.

 

Frequently, brandies display classifications such as V.S, VSOP and XO. These mark the length of time the brandy has been aged for. In Spain, Brandy de Jerez uses a different classification set to accommodate the Solera ageing system. However, outside of Cognac, Armagnac and Jerez, these classifications are not regulated, so are sometimes used to discern a particular brand's premium products over their entry level brandy, without any direct reference to a particular age or quality standard.

 

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A remarkable blend of cognac from Hine marking the 100th anniversary of the Antique XO, first blended by George Hine in 1920. This blend even includes eau-de-vie from 1920, which is said to impart de...
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An exceptional release of Courvoisier Cognac released as a tribute to the first French empress Josephine de Beauharnais, the wife of Napoleon I. This exquisite Lalique crystal decanter is one of only ...
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Courvoisier
£7,995.00
This single estate Cognac has been sourced from Hine's own vineyards near the village of Bonneuil in Grande Champagne. 16 casks of this great Cognac were produced in 2008 and matured patiently until 2...
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Hine
£89.95
An independent family firm in their fifth generation, Maxime Trijol estate has an amazing 20 Charentais pot stills upon which they distil the wine made from grapes grown on their own vines (many major...
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Maxime Trijol
£59.95
1615 Quebranta Pisco is distilled from fresh, recently fermented wine, made from the best local quebranta grapes. Although Peru produces three times less pisco as Chile, it is the largest exporter of ...
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1615
£33.95
Asbach is a 3 year old German brandy with French influences, in that they use French grapes and French oak. It is double distilled in copper stills before being aged for 3 years.
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Asbach
£28.95
Barsol Perfecto Amor is a blend of fortified grape juice from the Quebranta, Italia, and Torontel varietals. Each grape is juiced separately and fortified with pisco distilled of that same grape befor...
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Barsol
£19.95
This is a first for Adelphi, who rarely dabble outside whisky - they have done rum - but we can see why they couldn't pass up this fine Armagnac. A delightful drinking experience, with rich orange fla...
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Bas Armagnac
£126.95
The Boulard Grand Solange is a blend of Calvados varieties from the Pays d'Auge, which vary in age from 3 to 5 years old. Brilliantly fruity and perfect of a fresh aperitif before a meal.
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Boulard
£25.95
To make Arrack, they take sap from the flowers atop tall coconut trees, distill it and then barrel it in Sri Lankan Halmilla hardwood. Arrack has the sweet notes mixed in with some more herbal spicey ...
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Ceylon
£26.95
This Calvados is quite different from the others in the Christian Drouin range, in that it is from the Calvados Domfrontais region. As well as being from the area, to be classified as Domfrontais, it ...
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Comte de Lauvia holds over 1000 casks in their warehouse in Eauze carefully maturing their eaux-de-vie in both new and old French wood casks. Thanks to their expertise in ageing gained over a decades ...
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Comte de Lauvia
£37.95
An amazing 1948 vintage Armagnac. It is little but a wonder how you can still find such old spirit for such an amazing price, but that's just what we have here. Perfect for a special gift.
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Delord
£435.00
El Gobernador is a Chilean pisco produced from Rosé Muscatel and Muscat of Alexandria grape varieties using a unique discontinuous distillation process in copper stills. Excellent for a pisco sour.
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El Gobernador
£29.95
Translating to "The Charming Hummingbird". This is a mix of fresh grape juice and cognac all from the same vines made by Fanny Fougerat at her family vineyards. A delicious aperitif.
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The Fanny Fougerat Petite Cigüe VSOP Cognac is the youngest in the range of this great Cognac house, being aged for 6 years in the oak casks. Produced from 100% Ugni Blanc grapes from Fins Bois regio...
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Fanny Fougerat
£41.95
Floral, fruity and full of character is the perfect way to describe this delicious cognac from Fussigny. At least 50% of the spirit is soured from the Grande Champagne region with the rest of the make...
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This VS Cognac is produced using traditional Charentais distillation technique by Jules Gautret. The house of Gautret has been producing Cognac since 1847, during the reign of King Louis Philipe and w...
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Gautret
£31.95
The Gautret name has been around since well into the 19th Century and is now bottled under the Unicognac banner, which is a cooperative that bottles wines and spirits made from many growers.
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Gautret
£40.95
Distilled plums that would normally be used for Prunes. It is aged for 12 months in oak, giving it a full, rounded fruity flavour.
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Aging their cognacs much longer than they are legally required to shows a commitment to quality we admire in Hine. This is a blend of over 25 cognacs with over half of the total volume coming from gra...
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Hine
£49.95
Hine are unusual (and pretty cool in our eyes) in that the youngest in their range is a VSOP, and all the spirit in this bottling is at least 4 years old. They blend together more than 20 cognacs dist...
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Hine
£36.95
Thomas Hine created his Antique XO way back in 1920, and Hine stay true to his vision with a magnificient blend of over 40 different Cognacs brought together in a sumptious harmony. And not just any o...
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Hine
£124.95
A regional speciality in Cognac, where brandy, matured for a year, is added to grape musts and the unfermented grape juice is allowed to mix with the spirit. A further maturation in oak until the next...
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Jules Gautret
£15.95
Grape juice mixed with Cognac, before being aged for 1 year in oak casks.
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Jules Gautret
£15.95
Laird’s Applejack is a pure spirit beverage made from a blend of apple brandy and neutral grain spirits, sometimes called 'an apple whiskey'. It is also known as “America’s First Spirit” as th...
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Lairds
£34.95
Francis AbÌøåÀå_cassis has full control of the process of Cognac production on his estate from from vineyard to bottle. Rather than being a blend of regional styles, his Cognac is exclusively Fin...
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Fin Bois Cognacs are characterised by a fruity-floral softness, and producers such as Leyrat are raising awareness for the region as a style in its own right, rather than as a support act to Grande an...
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Leyrat
£64.95
Louis Royer, established in 1853, have a long family tradition of producing the finest Cognacs. VS Cognac, the youngest in their portfolio, is a blend using grapes grown in all six regions of Cognac a...
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Louis Royer
£34.95
Marquis de Montesquiou is an ancient House founded by relatives of d'Artagnan, of Three Musketeers fame. Produced in the capital of the Armagnac region, Eauze, this is a great Extra Old bottling. It i...
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Marquis de Montesquiou
£52.50
An accomplished VSOP Cognac from Maxime Trijol. It's soft and sweet natured reminds us for stone fruits, green grapes and orange peel.
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Maxime Trijol
£41.95
We sincerely think this has everything you want in a fancy Cognac (unless you are looking for one of those big-name show off brands). Family ownership, rich history, exacting standards of production a...
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Maxime Trijol
£94.95
This release of Grappa Bianca was bottled at lower strength than its classic 50% edition for soft and more approachable character.
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Nardini
£34.95
One of the oldest grappa distilleries in Italy, Nardini produce this grappa using grape pomace from Veneto and Friuli, that is double distilled in copper pot stills. Released at 50%, which gives it th...
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Nardini
£43.95
If there is any fruit you'll easily find around Scotland, it's raspberries. Tayport distillery have used these to great effect in this delicious Eau de Vie, which is the perfect base for a fruity punc...
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Never 25
£37.95
A wonderfully fresh, new Scottish spirit from Tayport distillery. The team source all of their grains and fruit used in their Strawberry Eau de Vie from Scotland, which they proudly declare on every b...
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Never 25
£37.95
Pommeau is a mixture of the must of cider apples and Calvados, which is then aged for 3 years in oak casks to create this rather unique drink.
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Pere Magloire
£20.95
At 9 years old, Pere Magloire Calvados is rich and flavoursome, but still shows some of the youthful, fruity exuberence of the younger Calvados in the range. It is double distilled in pot stills, whic...
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Pere Magloire
£89.95
One of the best selling Calvados brands in France, and in the rest of the world, Pere Magloire have been making Calvados for nearly 200 years. A Calvados that may appeal to whisky drinkers, as it has ...
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Pere Magloire
£65.50
Matured for 2 years in French oak casks, this is a fresher, younger, more sprightly Calvados than some its older brothers. When it is young, Calvados shows off more fresh apple, which can make it a lo...
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Pere Magloire
£27.95
With nearly 200 years history making Calvados, Pere Magloire certainly know what they are doing. Their VSOP is made to meet Pays d'Auge classification (specific apples and distilled twice in pot still...
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Pere Magloire
£36.95
A fine, rich and fruity Cognac. The perfect balance of floral notes, woody texture and light spice comes together for a wonderfully rounded spirit.
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Pierre Ferrand
£126.95
This distinctive amber-coloured Cognac comes from the heart of Grande Champagne, considered the Premier Cru de Cognac. Pierre Ferrand Ambre is fresh and well-balanced on the palate.
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Pierre Ferrand
£46.95
This well-balanced and fruity VSOP Cognac is produced by famous Ragnaud-Sabourin Cognac house using grapes from the premier Grande Champagne designation.
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Ragnaud-Sabourin
£66.95
This rich and smooth cognac made by famous Rémy Martin is produced to commemorate very important date in the company's history. In 1738 King Louis XV of France grants Rémy Martin the rare right to p...
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Remy Martin
£47.95
With 50 years in oak, this Armagnac is very rich, chocolatey, and full of fruit and spice. When they produce Armagnac, they distill it to between 55% and 58%, which makes for a full spirit...
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Sigognac
£399.95
Distilled from some of the best cider in the country, before ageing in oak casks for 8 years. The story of this product comes from when the SS Napoli was wrecked on Devon shores. A number of Allier oa...
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Somerset Cider Brandy Co.
£36.95
A mixture of different apple juices and Somerset Cider Brandy, which is then aged in oak casks for two years, which gives the mixture a lovely butterscotch and vanilla taste combined with the apple. W...
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Somerset Cider Brandy Co.
£9.95
A mixture of some of Somerset's brilliant cider brandy, and Kingston Black apple juice. A lovely Aperitif.
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Somerset Cider Brandy Co.
£8.95
The Burrow Hill farm has been producing cider for 150 years, although it took food hero Julian Temperley to revive it. Since 1989, they have been making Cider brandy, which is when they established th...
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Somerset Cider Brandy Co.
£36.95
Still showing some of the Somerset Royal apples, but the oak has started to smooth out any tartness, giving it a rich mid palate and spicy aftertaste. Somerset cider brandy is distilled from Burrow Hi...
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Somerset Cider Brandy Co.
£31.50

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