Enticing brands of brandy liquor
Brandy liquor is produced from skins, fruit pulp and juice. The word “brandy” is derived from “brandewign” which is a Dutch word that means burnt wine. Most people enjoy a drink of brandy after they have had their dinner. Brandy liquor is drunk in “snifters” that are held in one’s hands just under the cup so that the liquor is gently warmed. This helps to enhance the aromas and scents.
Way back in the 7th century Arab Alchemists tried to make all sorts of medical concoctions by burning and boiling fruits etc. The result was brandy. Later on Dutch traders in the 16th century used similar methods to develop a concentrate of wine so that it could be carried in small quantities. This is how the production of brandy started.
Grape brandy liquor is well known and is available in different forms like Armagnac, cognac and American. This liquor is made from grapes and is twice distilled. It is then aged in casks of wood and sold as Martell and Hennessey brands. There are plenty of grape brandy liquors all over the world especially in places like Mexico, South Africa and France. It is best when drunk at room temperature.
A pomace brandy liquor is made from skin, stems and grape pulp. This type of brandy liquor is not aged as much or stored in wooden barrels as the other liquors, therefore it has a crisp and pungent flavor that stems from the fruit it is made of. However one is supposed to acquire a taste for it. This liquor is available in liquor stores as the Italian grappa and the French Marc.
The fruit brandy liquor is got from apricots, cherries and other fruit. It is one of the top liquors and is a clear liquid. Normandy in France produces an apple brandy liquor that is twice distilled and fermented with yeast. It is best when consumed chilled or with crushed ice.
Most fruit brandies are distilled from wines, except those that are produced from berries. This is because berries do not have enough sugar content to make wine with enough alcohol for distillation and have to be soaked or macerated in spirit in order to extract the aroma and flavor. The resulting extract is distilled at low proof. Once of the best and most popular fruit brandy liquor is an apple brandy which is also known as Eau-de-vie.
Cognac is probably one of the most popular and best brandy liquors in the world. It is a mixture of various brandies that differ in age and growing regions. Armagnac is France’s oldest brandy liquor which is said to have been produced way back in the early 15th century.
The main types of grapes used in its production are the Folle Blanche, Ugni Blanc and Colombard. This liquor is aged in wooden casks that are made of Monlezun Oak which is rare. The brandy has an assertive and rustic character and flavor.
French brandy liquor is found in many liquor stores and these are available intop liquor brands. Similarly, Spanish brandy liquors and Italian brandy liquors are also famous for their taste and aromas. Aged in oak and produced in pot and column stills, these brandies are pretty famous all over the world.