Brandy is a liquor distilled from wine (brandy) or fermented fruit juice (fruit brandy). Is is then are aged in wood containers, which contributes flavor and color. The name "brandy" comes from the Dutch brandewijn, meaning "burned wine".
The best known of all wine based brandies is the French Cognac produced in the Cognac (Charente) region of France. A relative of the Cognac is the Armagnac. It has a richer taste but less finesse than the Cognac.
Several other countries than France produce brandies. Some of them are Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Germany, the United States, Chile and Peru.
Brandy is not always distilled from the wine. Marc, from France, and grappa, from Italy, are distilled from the remaining skins, husks and stems of the wine production. They are not always aged and have a light yellow color (if any).
Most fruit brandies are made from fermented fruit mash (such as apples and pears), but other sugar-poor fruits not capable of fermentation (such as raspberries and blackberries) can be soaked in neutral spirits and then re-distilled. Most fruit brandies are aged in steel, glass or clay containers, keeping them colorless and clear.
Within the general category of fruit brandies, a distinction is made between distillates from pomaceous fruits, stone fruits and berries.
Fruit brandies are either served neat as an aperitif or used in mixed drinks. Fruit brandy served neat should not be chilled.
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