Brandy is a spirit type of alcoholic beverage and is essentially made by distilling wine. The etymology of brandy comes from the Dutch word brandewjin which means ‘burned wine.’ The reason for this is meaning is that the wine goes through a distillation process in order to make the alcoholic spirit that we now know as brandy. Brandies are quite popular all over the world. Most brandies released in the market have 80 proof rating.
There are three brandy versions – grape brandy, pomace brandy, and fruit brandy. The grape type of brandy is made through the distillation of wine. The pomace type of brandy makes use of leftover seeds, pulps, skin, and stems from the making of wine. The fruit type of brandy is made through the adding of fruits to form different flavors.
When making the alcoholic spirit brandy, the distillation part is very important. The use of slow distillation process enables the brandymaker to squeeze out the aromatic flavors and other essential elements from the raw ingredients being distilled. Although the process of making brandy is different with each distilling company, the slower process of distilling is often followed so that they are able to get most of the aroma and flavor from their raw materials.
Fermentation, distillation, aging, and blending are the different processes involved in the making of brandy.
- Fermentation – this is the fermenting of the raw ingredients, the process in which sugar is converted by yeast into alcohol.
- Distillation – the process in which the juice from the fermentation process gets distilled to release the spirit of the fermented juice.
- Aging – once distilled, the distillate gets stored in oak barrels for a span of time, depending on the type or quality of brandy the distiller chooses it to be. The temperature and aging time determines the overall outcome of the brandy.
- Blending – this is the production process wherein the final product is blended to taste before being bottled and released to the thirsty public.
There are many types of brandy currently available in the market. Brandy is available in both affordable and crazily expensive prices, with the most expensive belonging to the cognac type of brandy. Cognac is a particular type of brandy that belongs to the more costly ones. There are different distillers to this list and the quality of their products is rated based on how long they have been aged.