Brandy is a spirit produced by distilling wine. Brandy generally contains 35–60% alcohol by volume (70–120 US proof) and is typically drunk as an after-dinner digest if.
Some brandies are aged in wooden casks, others are colored with caramel coloring to imitate the effect of aging, and some are produced using a combination of both aging and coloring.
Varieties of wine brandy can be found across the wine making world. Among the most renowned are Cognac and Armagnac from southwestern France.
In a broader sense, the term “brandy” also denotes liquors obtained from the distillation of pomace (yielding pomace brandy) or mash or wine of any other fruit (fruit brandy).
These products are also called eau de vie (which translates to “water of life”).
Who invented it? Dutch vintners When? 17th century What happened? Vintners would boil their wine in order to reduce its volume for transport, then cut it with water on the other end.
They didn’t realize that by transporting this concentrated mixture in wooden casks, the fortified wine would be transformed into something very different.