Friday, January 22, 2010
TYPES OF BRANDY
Grape brandy is produced by the distillation of fermented grapes. Grape brandy is best when it is drunk at room temperature from a tulip-shaped glass or a snifter. Often it is slightly warmed by holding the glass cupped in the palm or by gently heating it. However, heating it may cause the alcohol vapor to become too strong, so that the aromas are overpowered.
v COGNAC: Cognac comes from the Cognac region in France, and is double distilled using pot stills. Popular brands include Hine, Martell, RémyMartin, Hennessy, Ragnaud-Sabourin, Delamain and Courvoisier. The brandy abbreviatios are as follows:
VO: Very Old, 10-15 years
VOP: Very Old Pale, 15-20 years
VSO: Very Superior Old, 20 -25 years
VSOP: Very Superior Old Pale, 25-40 years
XO: Extra Old, 50-70 years
Age of Cognac, according to stars:
* * * * * 15-20 years
* * * * 10-15 years
* * * 7-10 years
* * 5-6 years
* 3-4 years
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