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 Old school drinks that we generally associate with whiskey, like an old fashioned or Sazerac, were originally made with brandy, before changing national tastes made American whiskey the barrel aged spirit du jour.
August 31, 2018 Patrick SmithRead now
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.
April 25, 2018 Mish Sukharev
So what do we mean, "barrel finished" spirits? After all, don't most spirits spend at least some time in a barrel? What we specifically mean by the term is that the spirit has spent at least some time in a barrel that had previously held an unrelated spirit or wine. In this article we introduce just a few of our favorites sorted by "barrel finish" type. Explore, mix, enjoy!
January 19, 2018 CJ BestFew liquors are held in as high regard as Cognac. Like hand-crafted furniture and leather goods, much of its fanfare lies in the amount of time, care, and effort that go into its creation. Pierre Ferrand is one of the brands best known for their dedication to craftsmanship from the vine to the bottle.Read now
January 17, 2018 Denni HarpDenni again, howdy! Last time I chatted about flexing my creative muscles behind the bar, but sometimes instead of doing all the heavy lifting myself, I like to lift a page from a bar's book, literally. Reproducing or improving upon a delicious bar find is our favorite drinking game.Read now