Friday, January 22, 2010


1. Grape 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 HineMartellRĂ©myMartin, HennessyRagnaud-SabourinDelamain 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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