There's a chance Brandy Week won't be the most well-attended celebration of the spirit year. However, that is only because gin and bourbon have become so popular in the United States, whereas brandy has remained relatively obscure. It's also a generic term for a wide variety of distilled beverages. You might be a brandy connoisseur who enjoys sipping on Cognac but would rather not even try Pisco. Everyone is welcome to Brandy Week celebrations. I assure you. If you're just getting started with brandy, you should try some regional varieties before venturing out internationally.
What is Brandy?
Dutchmen invented the drink. Brandy is fruit-based liquor. Grapes are often distilled. Grapes ferment into wine. Different regions name brandy differently. Cognac, Calvados, Armagnac, konyak, Pisco, ouzo, and kanyak are all brandies.
Aged, flavored, or sweetened brandies are made into liqueurs. The Dutch supposedly intended to save space when shipping wine to their colonies. Distilling removes water, increases ABV, and reduces volume. Because merchants transported less "burnt wine," they paid less tax.
How to Drink Brandy?
Warm the glass (preferably a snifter) in your hand. Swirl the liquid around.
Take note of the hue. Hold the glass at chest level then chin level. Raise your glass to your nose. Take a small sip first and then start taking bigger sips to indulge in the full taste.
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Spirits for Brandy Week
Hennessy Very Special has rich and fruity flavors with lovely oaky overtones. Enjoy the roasted almond and fresh-picked grape flavors. Enjoy the vivacious features that have made Hennessy Very Special the world's best. You can drink it neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail.
D'USSÉ VSOP Cognac is a robust, full-bodied blend matured for at least 4.5 years in France's Château de Cognac. It has a strong aroma with woody, cinnamon, and floral overtones. Smooth with flavors of almond, cinnamon, and spices. Finish with honey and dried fruits.
Courvoisier VS cognac is a combination of multiple crus aged between three and seven years, primarily Fins Bois with a touch of Petite Champagne for balance. Courvoisier VS has a delicious, delicate flavor and a smell of ripe fruit and spring flowers due to the blending of younger and older cognacs. The scent is rich, fresh, and oaky, with the energy of a young cognac.
Enjoy a smooth cognac with layers of vanilla, stone fruit, and licorice. Rémy Martin V.S.O.P is a premium blend of the most sought-after grapes in France's Cognac region - Petite and Grande Champagne. Rémy Martin is the only major cognac house that focuses solely on Cognac Fine Champagne. Rémy Martin V.S.O.P has twice the age of a typical V.S. and has a superb balance of strong and delicate fragrances. Drink it neat, on the rocks, or in a variety of delectable cocktails.
E&J Brandy is the most awarded brandy in the United States. Apple and toasted oak layers, with touches of vanilla and spice, smooth out the flavor and linger in the aftertaste. E&J VS brandy is smooth enough to enjoy on its own or in a variety of cocktails. If you want to make a basic drink, this brandy goes well with ginger ale, club soda, or cola.