Brandy

Basically, fruit (usually grapes, but also apples, pears, cherries and other fruits) fermented into wine (or cider, as in the case of calvados) and then distilled. Some of the best-known brandies are Cognac, Armagnac, kir or kirshwasser (from cherries), and grappa (Italian pomace brandy).

Cognac

One of the best-known brandies is cognac. Hailing from the Cognac region of France, it is said to have been discovered in the 16th century. During the aging process, cognac loses approximately 3-4% of its volume through evaporation – a portion known as “the angels’ share.” Romantic in history, rich in flavor, cognac is an elegant after-dinner drink.

Cordials & Liqueurs

Sweet, flavor-infused spirits. Produced by combining a distilled spirit with a strong flavoring agent. Not usually aged for any length of time (although the spirit used to make the liqueur may be). Proprietary liqueurs are unique, often using an old, secret recipe, such as Jägermeister or Frangelico.