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6 Handy Brandy Cocktails for a Dandy Good Time

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Brandy may be scarce on many of today’s cocktail menus, but it’s really the OG spirit of classic cocktails, and we think it deserves a bit of a Renaissance. Brandies of various kinds were distilled throughout the American northeast before Whiskey was ever even dreamed up farther inland, fueling the livers of the revolution and eventually making some of the first cocktails. Old school drinks that we generally associate with whiskey, like an old fashioned or Sazerac, were originally made with brandy, before changing national tastes made American whiskey the barrel aged spirit du jour.

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Lowering The Bar: Uncorking The Facts About Brandy

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What the hell is brandy anyway?

The most common kind of brandy, and what most people are talking about when they say brandy, is produced from grapes, and is often aged in barrels, though not always. The grapes are picked younger than is usual for table wine production, making a more acidic and less sugary white wine, which is then distilled into an eau de vie, or unaged brandy, before generally going into oak barrels.

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Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Terroir But Were Afraid To Ask

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Terroir is a term that is thrown around a lot these days in the spirits world. Any number of luxury spirit brands claim to exhibit Terroir, which in most cases they seem to define as a sense of place. When the definition is that vague, who can argue with them? Our very own Patrick Smith is on the case!
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