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Brandy is a wine spirit, and the name itself comes from the Dutch term brandewijn, meaning “burnt wine”. The name is probably quite appropriate, as most brandies are made with the help of heat, originally an open fire, which ensures the concentration of alcohol naturally present in the wine.
What can brandy be made from?
Although brandy is usually made from wine or other fermented fruit juices, it can be distilled from any liquid that contains sugar. The liquid simply needs to be fermented, and the resulting mildly alcoholic product should not be heated above the boiling point of water.
Almost every nation has its own brandy, most of which is not made from wine: grappa in Italy is made from grape pomace, slivovitz in Poland from plums, shochu in Japan from rice, and bourbon in the USA from corn. It is common knowledge that the best brandies are French cognacs that are distilled from wine.
Brandy can therefore be made from any liquid that contains some form of sugar. Grapes, apples, blackberries, sugar cane, honey, milk, rice, wheat, corn, potatoes and even rye are often fermented and distilled.
Brandy can even be made from cabbage!
In times of scarcity, people were willing to try anything for a drop of brandy.
During World War II, Londoners made wine from cabbage leaves and carrot peels, which they then distilled to make a very special version of brandy.
4 basic steps of brandy production
Although the process of making brandy is different in every distillery, its production always involves four basic steps.
1. The fruit is first fermented into wine by adding yeast to the fruit mash, converting the natural sugars into alcohol.
2. The wine is then distilled into strong, concentrated alcohol. Traditionally, copper distillation boilers are used for this part of the process.
3. The brandy is then often aged in wooden barrels (usually made of French and American oak), which can take up to 30 years. In barrels, the clear distillate absorbs the aroma of oak and develops an amber colour. Sometimes, stainless steel containers can also be used for ageing.
4. The last step is to mix brandy from different barrels. In this way, particular flavours are developed and the producers ensure the desired strength of the spirit.
Brandy tastes like …
In general, brandy has a sweet and fruity taste. The sharpness of the alcohol and the hint of oak, also typical of whisky, are complemented by the softness of sweet wine. The longer the brandy ages, the softer it is and the more oak notes it takes on.
Different brandies have different aromas, are different colours and are aged in different ways. Boisa X.O., for example, is a blend of at least 14-year-old wine distillates matured in oak barrels. It boasts a transparent, dark amber colour and a taste of dried fruits, tobacco and dark chocolate, with slightly spicy notes.
Is vinjak another name for brandy?
Yes, vinjak is in fact the Slovenian name for wine distillate. The word brandy denotes every fruit distillate, which means that cognac, armagnac and vinjak are all a type of brandy.
How to drink brandy?
Most brandies have 40% alcohol, and they are usually drunk plain, without additions. Well-aged and expensive brandies are especially suitable for slow sipping from a special brandy glass. The purpose-made glass with a wide rounded bottom captures the aroma beautifully and further enhances the enjoyment of the experience.
Brandy is an excellent ingredient in cocktails and one of the most common basic spirits for classic cocktails. You will also find it in sangria and even mulled wine!