What is brandy classified?

brandy, alcoholic beverage distilled from wine or a fermented fruit mash. The term used alone generally refers to the grape product; brandies made from the wines or fermented mashes of other fruits are commonly identified by the specific fruit name.

What are the 4 types of brandy?

So let’s take a look at the main different types of brandy alcohol that can be found around the world.

French Brandy
  • Cognac Brandy. …
  • Armagnac Brandy. …
  • Calvados.

What is the classification of Cognac?

Region of originNouvelle-Aquitaine
Alcohol by volume40%
FlavourVaries, though typically with characteristics combining nuts, fruit, caramel, honey, vanilla or other spices
VariantsVS, VSOP, XO

What is XO brandy mean?

Extra Old
XO stands for “Extra Old”: XO cognacs are made only from eaux-de-vie at least six years old. Cognacs such as “Napoleon” or “Old Reserve” are equivalent to XO cognac.

What is difference between brandy and Whisky?

Brandy is a spirit distilled from fermented wine and is aged for varying periods in oak barrels. Whisky is a spirit distilled from fermented malted cereals such as barley, wheat, rye and corn and, like Brandy, is aged for varying periods in oak barrels.

What is difference between Cognac and brandy?

As previously mentioned, brandy is distilled fruit juice, and it can be any kind of fruit juice, while cognac is a specific type of distilled fruit juice with lots of qualifications. Cognac comes from the Cognac region of southwestern France, and is made with a fruit juice base of white grapes.

Is brandy a wine?

Brandy is just distilled wine. Whereas Scotch comes from (malted) barley and vodka comes from pretty much anything, brandy can only be made by distilling wine—any fruit wine, actually: Calvados comes from apple wine and Schnaps—good Austrian Schnaps—are distilled from a variety of seasonal fruit wines.

Is brandy a whiskey?

Is Brandy also Whiskey? No, Brandy is not a whiskey. Whiskey is distilled from grain, whereas Brandy is distilled from wine or fermented fruit.

What are the different categories of brandy from Spain?

Spanish brandy comes from two different regions: Brandy de Jerez from hot and tropical Andalucia while Torres brandy hails from the Mediterranean climate of Catalonia. Spanish brandies are uniquely made with the Solera system, Jerez in American oak casks previously used for sherry and Torres in American and French oak.

Is XO brandy better than VSOP?

Is XO or VSOP better? An XO cognac must be aged for a minimum of 10 years, in comparison a VSOP must age for a minimum of four years. It comes down to personal preference which is better but an XO is usually considered as superior.

What is the difference between VS and VSOP brandy?

The designations you see on Cognac labels—VS (Very Special), VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) and XO (Extra Old)—are a guarantee of how long a Cognac has been aged. VS indicates that the Cognac has been aged at least two years, VSOP at least four years and XO (Extra Old) at least six years.

Which brandy should I try first?

With a minimum aging requirement of two years, VS cognac is a great place to start exploring cognac. Hennessy VS Cognac costs less than $30 and is an easy beginner brandy to find. Though young, it’s bright and fruity, making it a great addition for cocktails.

What is VSOP stand for?

Very Superior Old Pale
VSOP stands for “Very Superior Old Pale”: VSOP cognacs are created from eaux-de-vie aged for at least four years. The VSOP category includes designations such as “Old” or “Reserve”. XO stands for “Extra Old”: XO cognacs are made only from eaux-de-vie at least six years old.