Cognac classification by aging: western gradation
When buying brandy or even grape brandy made according to the cognac technology, one should have an idea about the classification of these drinks according to their aging time. As…

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How to determine the age of brandy?
Hard standards, including the cognac age control system, are established by the National Interprofessional Cognac Bureau. Consumers can learn about the age (and quality) of cognac by the special designations…

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Cognac
Cognac, unlike the other three C, does not contain alkaloids. But ethyl alcohol, constituting at least 40 volume fractions of your glass, is the same causative agent of the central…

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Famous brands of brandy: a brief overview of more than 50 brands

It’s no secret that genuine cognac is produced only in the vicinity of the eponymous French city located in the province of Charente. Nowadays, about 250 different-sized companies are engaged in this business. However, the most famous are the so-called Four Great Cognac Houses: Martell (appeared in 1715), Rémy Martin (known since 1724), Hennessy (existing since 1765) and Courvoisier (founded at the beginning of the XIX century). Continue reading

Technology of cognac production: 5 steps to fine alcohol

The technology by which genuine cognac is produced is a rather complex, multi-step process, at times acquiring the features of true art. Over the five hundred year history of this drink, a series of rules and canons has been formed, strictly followed by the modern descendants of many generations of old masters. Some of these rules are even reflected in today’s French legislation. Spin, fermentation and distillation Cognac production technology, as a rule, involves the use of a special white grape variety “Uni Blanc”. Continue reading

Useful properties and composition of brandy

Cognac in its composition is quite diverse. The main part of its components consists of alcohols, organic acids, ethyl esters.

The drink has a positive effect on the body, biologically active substances of brandy have antioxidant properties.

The content in the composition of brandy tannins and tannin improves the body’s perception of vitamin C, has anti-inflammatory effect. Continue reading

Armagnac Jeannot: history, overview of species and tastes
Armagnac is one of three varieties of authentic French brandy. The other two include Calvados and Cognac. Armagnac is the oldest and oldest brandy in France and, possibly, all over…

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Cognac - "health drink"
It has long been proven that cognac is not only a strong alcoholic drink, but also a therapeutic agent for many disorders and ailments. Being the most complicated mixture of…

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GUIDELINE SELECTION GUIDE: INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEOPHITES
What to look for when buying brandy and what expert advice should you stick to in order to enjoy the best brandy for less money? Mikhail Bednyakov, the chief editor…

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How to choose the right brandy
Few people know, but brandy is a type of brandy with a strength of 40% and higher. It should be made from Vitis vinifera grapes and kept in contact with…

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