What is the difference between brandy and whiskey: The Difference between Whisky and Brandy

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The Difference between Whisky and Brandy

The ability to tell whisky and brandy apart is a special skill only fine drinkers possess. Non-drinkers often have no clue what the difference between whisky and brandy is, but fine drinkers know that each drink is special in its own right. They take pride in taking time to distinguish between these two, appreciating the different aromas and flavours.

With that said, let us take a look at the difference between brandy and whisky. These are two completely separate drinks, with distinct taste and texture, made from different ingredients, using different process.

The key difference is that whisky is made from fermented grain, whereas brandy is made from fermented fruit.

Whisky

This is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from any form of fermented grain mash. Depending on the geographical region or type of whisky that is being made, whisky can be made from barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, and corn. The alcohol and mash content varies depending on the regulations of the geographic region. Whiskies must be strengthened and aged in a charred oak barrel, to which this beverage also owes to its golden brown, amber colour. They do not mature in the bottle, hence if a person keeps the whiskey bottle over a long time, it would not become any stronger in flavour or alcohol content.

There are various types of whiskey and they differ in terms of base product, alcoholic content and quality.

Whiskies can further be classified under:

  • Malt whisky: made primarily from malted barley.
  • Grain whisky: made from any type of grain.
  • Single malt whisky: produced in a single distillery and made from a mash that uses only one particular type of malted grain.
  • Blended malt whisky: a blend of different malt whiskies from different distilleries.
  • Blended whiskies: made from a mixture of malt and grain whiskies along with neutral spirits, caramel, and flavouring.
  • Cask strength: rare whiskies that are bottled directly from the cask and are undiluted or only a little diluted.
  • Single cask: each bottle of a single barrel whisky is from an individual cask, with the cask number labeled on the bottle.

Brandy

Brandy, which is short for brandywine, is a sprit that is distilled from wine, grapes and other fruit that can produce a sugary juice. However, if the brandy is made from any other fruit instead of grapes, many countries require it to be labeled as “fruit brandy”, “fruit spirit”, or the name of the fruit should be mentioned on the bottle. Brandies are more commonly considered as an after-dinner drink and can contain alcohol by volume between 35% and 60%.

The aging process determines the colour of the brandy; if it is not aged the brandy is colourless or clear and the longer it is aged the stronger the colour of the brandy. Caramel may also be added to some brandies to adjust the colour and the flavour of the beverage. Brandy is labeled in a certain way that shows the quality of the brandy.

Labels include:

  • A.C. (aged 2 years)
  • V.S. (Very Special, aged 3 years)
  • V.S.O.P. (Very Superior Old Pale, aged at least 5 years)
  • X.O. (Extra Old, aged at least 6 years)
  • Vintage (the label shows the date it was placed into the cask)
  • Hors d’age (too old to determine age, commonly more than 10 years).

Now that you know the interesting difference between the two, enjoy in moderation and responsibly!

Brandy vs. Whisky and Cognac: 4 Differences

Many who enjoy Cognac also love Whisky – or Whiskey – (the difference being that the extra ‘e’ in the spelling denotes Irish Whiskey, as opposed to Scottish Whisky – also referred to as simply, Scotch.  But we’ll talk more about that all important ‘e’ in just a moment).  And yes, many people are aware that Cognac is made from grapes, and Whisky from grain.  And we’ll cover Brandy too.  But the story certainly doesn’t end with the grape versus grain saga.

Before we talk about the difference between Whisky and Cognac and brandy, let’s mention a couple of similarities.  All are fermented, and convert sugar to ethanol.  And they’re aged in wooden barrels: In general, the longer they age, the smoother the taste becomes.

The spirits pick up quite a lot from these wooden barrels – and this includes both color and taste. And Scotch and Cognac share the method of distillation in pot stills.  Both spirits are distilled at a low proof.

1. Grape versus grain

So let’s get to the crux of the matter.  Because there really are some major differences between Whiskey and Cognac (and brandy).  And it all begins with the raw materials, more than the methods and how to consume the actual product.

Whiskey is made from grain, most usually barley. That is then mixed with water and yeast and is then distilled. The spirit is then aged in oak barrels.

Oh, and a little more information about that ‘e’ that you see in Whiskey, or not, as the case may be.  In addition to denoting whether it comes from Scotland or Ireland, when spelled ‘Whisky’ it can also come from Japan or Canada.  And when it’s Whiskey, it could also be from the US.  No-one ever said that drink labels were clear cut…!

The name “brandy” comes from Dutch “brandewijn”, meaning burnt wine. And that is quite a good name, as wine is distilled for brandies and of course Cognac.

As already mentioned, the raw material of Cognac is grapes – the juice of which is fermented creating an acidic wine – perfect for cognac production. The juice is fermented about 5 days before distilling, (Cognac undergoes a double distillation process), which creates what’s known as eaux-de-vie.  This is then aged over years in oak casks.

2. What about age? Is Cognac older than Whisky?

Both Cognac and Whiskey are aged in casks. The youngest Cognac is referred to as a VS, or *** (3 stars).  The minimum age of such a product is two years. However, some are aged for much longer than this – in some very special cases, over a hundred years old.

Cognacs (and Brandy) tend not to denote age by numbers.  Instead, they use the terms VS (over two years old), VSOP (over four years old) and XO (over six years old).  However, many Cognacs have components that are far older than this.  We explain in more detail these terminologies and others in our article about understanding Cognac ages and labels.

While Cognac and Brandy use age terms such as VS, VSOP or XO, Whiskey shows the exact age of its content.  For example 3, 5, 10, 12 or 15 years. There are also Whiskies at 18 years, but older ones somewhat rarer.

So actually, it’s really not a clear cut answer as to which is older, Cognac or Whisky.  A 15-year-old Whisky is older than a VS Cognac.  But an XO Cognac may well have some eaux-de-vie within its blend that could legitimately be 50, 80, 90 or even 100 years old or more.

If we’re talking old school, then Cognac was traditionally seen as a digestif.  A drink to enjoy after dinner, perhaps with a coffee or paired with a cigar.  However, Cognac has done much to shake off the ‘stuffy old man’ image in recent years.  It’s now the drink of uber-trendy hip hop stars and one that the Millennials are falling in love with.  You only need look at the new, trendy Cognacs on offer to see that the drink has had a massive surge in popularity with ‘Generation Y’.  Nightclub shelves are stocked with Cognac -and it now features in many a favorite cocktail (a throwback to the time, decades ago, when it was also drunk in such a fashion).

Whiskey, on the other hand, certainly didn’t fall foul of such a conservative image in recent years.  Although it has to be said, it’s still a truly traditional drink.  But Whisky doesn’t seem to have suffered the fall in popularity that befell Cognac a couple of decades ago.  Thankfully, the world has now rediscovered its love affair with Cognac – and about time too!

Regarding how to drink the spirits.  Well, there was a time when it would’ve been said that while you add water to a Whisky, you’d never do that with a Cognac.  Simply because the structure of each is totally different – because Whisky is grain based and Cognac is fruit based.  But today, this certainly isn’t true.  Because there’s many a Cognac that you can certainly add a drop of water too, in order to release different flavors.  The upsurge in the popularity of cask-strength Cognacs has certainly seen to that.  And it’s now perfectly acceptable to take your Cognac ‘on the rocks’ – in the same way as you might a Whisky.

And hey – whether you’re drinking Whisky or Cognac, how you enjoy it is your business.  Once that glass is in your hands, it’s your drink to do whatever you want with…

3. Is one better than the other?

So, as you can see there are some major differences between Cognac and Whiskey.  But is one better than the other?  Well, that’s something that can only be decided by you.  We, of course, are biased towards Cognac, as you can read here.  But if forced, we’ll taste the occasional Whisky (or Whiskey), it has to be said.  In fact, we don’t think you have to be a ‘Cognac person’, or a ‘Whiskey person’.   You can simply enjoy the best of both.  We’ll be shot down in flames by many for that comment, we’re sure.

4. And what about brandy?

And last but not least – what is the difference between brandy and Cognac?  Well, that’s simple…  Because ‘all Cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is Cognac’. 

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Difference Between Rum, Brandy and Whiskey

Main Difference – Rum vs Brandy vs Whiskey

Rum, Brandy, and Whiskey are all spirits made by the distillation process. The main difference between Rum, Brandy and Whiskey can be seen in the main ingredients used in their products. Rum is made from sugarcane juice or by-products. Brandy is made by distilling wine. Whiskey is made from fermented grain mash. Apart from this main difference, other differences can be noted in their properties and distillation process.

What is Rum

Rum is a sugarcane-based alcoholic beverage; it is either directly made from sugarcane juice or sugarcane byproducts, by a process of fermentation and distillation. The distilled product is then generally aged in oak barrels. There are various grades in rum. Light rum is commonly used in cocktail mixtures. Dark rum is consumed straight; it is also used for cooking. Premium rum is consumed with ice or straight.

Rum is primarily produced in the Caribbean and Latin America. Aside from these regions, countries like Spain, Australia, Austria, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and India, etc. also produce rum. Rum plays an important part in the history and the culture of West Indies, the Maritimes, and the Royal Navy.

What is Brandy

Brandy is a type of an alcoholic beverage produced by distilling wine. The name brandy comes from the Dutch brandewijn, meaning “burnt wine.” While brandies are often made by wine, it can be also produced by fermented fruit juices. Brandy typically contains 70 – 120 proof. Brandies are aged in wooden casks, and caramel coloring is sometimes added to brandies to reproduce the effect of aging. Some brandies are made by using both aging and coloring processes.

Brandies are typically taken as an after-dinner drink. Different varieties are found all over the world. Cognac and Armagnac are among the most popular Brandy varieties.

What is Whiskey

Whiskey (Whisky) is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from grain mash. A variety of cereal grains such as corn, rye, barley, wheat, etc. are used in the fermentation process. The distilled beverage is then aged in wooden casks, typically made of charred white oak.

Whiskey can be classified into many classes and types. They are classified according to the type of grains, distillation process, aging and the region. Single malt whiskey, Bourbon, blended whiskey, Scotch is some fine examples of various whiskeys.

Difference Between Rum Brandy and Whiskey

Ingredients

Rum is produced by fermenting sugarcane.

Brandy is produced by distilling wine.

Whiskey is produced by fermenting and distilling grain mash.

Varieties

Rum varieties include golden rum, dark rum, white rum, etc.

Brandy varieties include Cognac and Armagnac.

Whiskey varieties include Scotch, Bourbon, and Single malt whiskey.

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Bourbon, Brandy, Scotch, and Whiskey.

.. What’s the Difference?

23 Feb Bourbon, Brandy, Scotch, and Whiskey… What’s the Difference?

Posted at 20:38h in Uncategorized by VegasPubCrawler

To the untrained eye (or taste buds), bourbon, brandy, scotch, and whiskey are all pretty much the same thing. While some of them are much more similar than others, there is an important distinction to make. And also, while there are different types of whiskey, they don’t all fit under this category.

Let us explain.

What’s the Difference?

First of all, whiskey, bourbon, and scotch are all in the same family of grain drinks, but what may surprise you is that brandy and cognac are derived from fermented grapes. Crazy, right!?! It’s like whiskey wine!

With that said, there are some pretty subtle differences between the first group of drinks: the types of whiskey.

The Different Types of Whiskey

All bourbons and scotches are whiskeys, but not all whiskey is either of those two. Makes sense? Whiskey and its family members are all derived from fermented grain mash. The type of grain is where the divergence occurs.

In standard bottles of whiskey, you’re usually drinking typical wheat grains, fermented in wooden barrels. Whiskey is produced all over the world, so typical whiskey alone can vary a bit from time to time in formula.

Bourbon and scotch

There are no aging requirements for bourbon, but there are indeed some qualifying factors. First of all, bourbon is made only in the U.S. of A. Unlike whiskey, which contains mostly wheat, bourbon contains corn.

Bourbon is aged only slightly in charred oak barrels and is distilled no more than 160 proof. The difference between scotch and bourbon is that instead of corn, scotch is made in Scotland from malted rye—in other words, rye whiskey.

Brandy and cognac

How do brandy and cognac differ from wine, besides nearly everything? Alcohol content, of course—and some slight changes in formula and procedure.

The process of making cognac and brandy involves distilled wine, indirectly working with the grapes.

When the wine is distilled, the alcohol content shoots from a mere 10-20% up into the 50% area. Brandy is rather easy to make, to be honest. All you have to do is boil that wine and collect the evaporated steam, let it cool, and done—that’s practically it, but we’re no professionals. However, you shouldn’t do it. Why? It’s illegal without a license, of course. But don’t worry, they serve plenty of brandy and cognac in DTLV.   

So, how is cognac different than brandy?

Since they’re both made from grapes, it only depends on types of grapes and where the alcohol is produced. You see, cognac is produced in France and the procedure is slightly different. Cognac has to be distilled twice in copper pot stills and is then aged two years in French oak barrels.

Cognacs have an aging requirement of at least two years and the age will always be displayed on the label.

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Know Your Liquor – Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch & More

So what is up with all these liquors and their names?  And what is the difference between Scotch, Bourbon, Whiskey, Cognac, & Brandy?  The first distinction is Scotch, Bourbon, & Whiskey are made from fermented grains, Cognac & Brandy are made from fermented grapes.  Next we have a few statements that might help you keep things straight between the fermented grain liquors and the fermented grape liquors.

  • All Bourbon is Whiskey, but not all Whiskey is Bourbon
  • All Scotch is Whisky, but not all Whisky is Scotch (did you notice the spelling difference?)
  • All Cognac is Brandy, but not all Brandy is Cognac

Lets start with the whiskey category and the first two bullets above.

Whiskey, Bourbon, & Scotch – What’s the Difference?

Whiskey is a spirit distilled from fermented grain mash.  The main grain varieties used are wheat, rye, barley, and corn.  After whiskey is distilled it is then aged in wooden barrels.  Whiskey is made all over the world with the most popular being Scotland, Ireland, Canada, & America.  Again, all Bourbon is Whiskey, but not all Whiskey is Bourbon.  In the late 1800’s laws put specifications in place that regulated what you could call Bourbon & what would be called Whiskey.

Bourbon must be:

  • Made in the United States
  • Contain 51 percent corn
  • Aged in new charred oak barrels
  • Distilled to no more than 160 proof and entered into the barrel at 125 proof
  • Must be bottled at no less than 80 proof
  • Free from any added flavoring, coloring or other additives
  • Aged in a Government Inspected Warehouse

Bourbon has no aging requirement, with the exception of “Straight” Bourbon which requires two years of aging although it doesn’t have to be called Straight.  Any bourbon aged less than 4 years must have its age marked on the bottle using the age of the youngest whiskey that was used when bottling.  Most Bourbons are made in Kentucky with the other majority made in Tennessee although most Tennessee Whiskeys don’t use the name Bourbon on their label even though many qualify as bourbon.

When whiskey/bourbon is initially distilled it comes out clear, but gets its color from its aging process in charred oak barrels.  Non-Bourbon Whiskey is usually filtered through sugar-maple charcoal, which is called the Lincoln County process.  It use to be that this coloring process, either by charred oak barrels or charcoal filtering, was required in order to tell the difference between the “legal” and taxed distilled spirits, and the illegal or non-taxed distilled spirits, which was usually referred to as moonshine.  It appears that the coloring requirement has been removed as clear distilled liquor is now sold legally to the public in liquors stores, and is even marketed as “moonshine”, thanks Uncle Sam.

Rye whiskey is made from 51% malted rye.

Now there are also two different spellings for Whiskey that also cause a distinction.

Whiskey – is made in Ireland & the United States.
Whisky – is made in Scotland, Canada, & Japan.

And Scotch is Whisky made in Scotland usually from malted rye and therefore could be called a rye whisky.

Cognac & Brandy – What’s the Difference?

So remember above we said all Cognac is Brandy, but not all Brandy is Cognac.  We also said that Cognac & Brandy are made from fermented grapes.  Isn’t Wine made from fermented grapes? Yes, but what makes Cognac & Brandy different is that they are made from distilled wine which ups the alcohol level from the high end in wine of 18% to about 40% or 50%.  Since Alcohol boils at 173 degrees, and water at 212 degrees, one can easily distill wine and catch the steam which is basically all alcohol and cool it to make brandy.  But if you do so without a license you just committed a federal offense.

So in order for a Brandy, which is distilled wine, to be called Cognac it must be made from certain types of grapes in designated growing regions in France.  In order to be considered Cognac the wine must be distilled twice in copper pot stills, and with the end product being aged two years in French oak barrels.  Cognac gets its color from the oak barrels just like whiskey, but most Cognacs are aged much longer than whiskey with a minimum two year requirement.

Cognac Labeling

  • V.S. – Very Special – designates a blend in which the youngest brandy has been stored for at least two years
  • V.S.O.P. – Very Superior Old Pale – designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is stored for at least four years
  • Reserve designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is stored for at least four years 
  • XO – Extra Old – designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is stored for at least six years, although in 2016 it will be 10 years
  • Napoléon designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is stored for at least six years, although in 2016 it will be 10 years
  • Hors d’âge – Beyond Age – is a designation which is equal to XO, but in practice the term is used by producers to market a high-quality product beyond the official age scale

Hey what about Sherry, Port, & Champagne – What the Difference?

Sherry is fortified wine made from white grapes near the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain. With Sherry, fortification takes place after fermentation, which causes Sherry to be initially dry, but then some have sweetness added in later.

Port is a Portuguese fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal.  Port is fortified halfway through its fermentation, which stops the process so that not all of the sugar is turned into alcohol. This process usually creates a sweet, red wine, often served as a dessert wine.  In the United State wine from anywhere can be sold with the name Port.

Champagne is a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France.  In addition to the region, there are additional rules that demand secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation.  Most people used the term Champagne as a generic term for sparkling wine, but many countries do reserve the term Champagne exclusively for sparkling wines that come from the Champagne region of France.

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Bourbon vs Brandy: What’s the Difference?

You’re looking to branch away from your usual. You know you want something sweeter. Brandy? Bourbon? Which is which! Have no fear! We’ll take you through all the ins and outs of Bourbon and Brandy to help you determine exactly which you ought to serve your guests tonight when they ask for something a little sweet!

The Main Differences Between Bourbon vs Brandy

The main differences between bourbon vs brandy are:

  • Bourbon is a whiskey, whereas brandy is a distilled wine.
  • Bourbon is produced in the United States, whereas brandy can be produced anywhere.
  • Bourbon is made from corn mash, whereas brandy is made from fermented fruits.
  • A good Bourbon can be found fairly cheaply, whereas a good brandy tends to be pricier.

Bourbon

Rich brown and full of sweet spices, put this one in the same category as your whiskies and scotches. Imagine sipping it over the rocks with a cigar.

What is Bourbon

Long story short: Bourbon is a whiskey. Specifically, it is a whiskey made from corn. “Okay,” you say incredulously, “then why isn’t it just called whiskey?”

Good question! Bourbon is a whiskey that is made in America. In order to retain the definition of bourbon, it is one of the most regulated spirits in the world. In fact, there are federal laws determining exactly what needs to happen for a bottle to call itself “bourbon.”

  • Bourbon must be made from at least 51% corn mash
  • Bourbon must be a product of the United States of America
  • Bourbon must be distilled at no higher than 160 proof
  • Bourbon must be poured in the barrel at no higher than 125 proof
  • Bourbon must be aged in new, charred American oak barrels only
  • Bourbon must be aged in a government-approved warehouse
  • Bourbon must be bottled at no less than 80 proof
  • Bourbon must have no additives like coloring or flavoring except water
  • Bourbon aged less than 2 years must have its age labeled on the bottle, with the age labeled as the youngest bourbon used

What a list! Just remember Bourbon is whiskey from America. The key note really is the grain, or mash, used in Bourbon is corn. Other grains in the mash can include barley, rye, and wheat.

The second note is Bourbon is aged in new oak casks that have been recently charred. We’ll get to flavor points behind these two choices below!

Where is Bourbon From

The United States. Anywhere in the United States. “Okay,” you agree, “but what about Kentucky Bourbon?” Kentucky Bourbon is the old name for bourbon. And in the past, only Bourbon coming out of Kentucky could be called Bourbon or “Kentucky Bourbon.” Now, of course, that labeling has changed, as you’ll see below!

But to this day about 95% of the world’s bourbon still comes from Kentucky! Corn is a reliable and wide-spread in the New World. So early colonists who had a background in distilling decided to try their hand and corn-whiskey! By the 1800s, a number of brands you’ve heard of today had already gotten their start.

Prohibition in the 1920s destroyed much of the Bourbon industry. But slowly and surely bourbon distillers have reopened, some as recently as the 1990s! Today, it is the most widely exported American spirit.

How is Bourbon Made

1. Making “sour mash:” A mash of 51%-80% corn and supplemental other grains is mixed with water, and cooked, fermented, distilled and collected after the alcohol has left. This is set out to sour overnight.

2. A new batch of mash goes through the same process but is combined with the sour mash created the day before in part 1. This new mash then proceeds through this process

2. This beer of fermented mash, water, and yeast is put through distillation in column stills. Most bourbons run through double distillation from the column stills into the copper doubler pot.

4. The collected alcohol, called “white dog,” is then poured into new charred American white oak barrels for aging.

Note: Malted Barley can ferment without additional help, but corn, rye, unmalted barley, and wheat all need a different process to begin fermenting. They are cooked for 30 minutes to get things started!

  • Different yeast strains will produce different effects on whiskey. Many distilleries keep their yeast strains separate so they only use one type with one type of whiskey to keep things consistent
  • The purpose of souring the first mash is to create an acidic environment for the yeast to flourish when it is added to the next batch of mash!
  • White oak casks are lit on fire and toasted for about 12 minutes to caramelize the wood sugars and impart flavor to the wood

What does Bourbon Taste Like?

 

Bourbon, in general, tends to be a little sweeter and heavier in texture than most other whiskies. Some are stronger (those mixed with rye) and some are softer (those mixed with wheat.) So, whether you like a strong alcoholic presence or not, you’ll still be able to enjoy the sweet notes of bourbon.

There are three big flavors: Vanilla, Caramel, and Oak. These come from the base mash and the wood aging. But secondary flavors will come through as well! Remember, by law, no flavor or color can be added to your bourbon. So whatever you are tasting in your drink, comes from the process of making whiskey!

General Flavor Profile of Bourbon:

The Big Three:

  • Vanilla
  • Oak
  • Caramel (caramel apples or candy)

Secondary:

  • Grains (oatmeal, cornbread, or toast)
  • Fall Spices (nutmeg, pumpkin pie, nuts)
  • Strong Spice (cinnamon or pepper)

What does Bourbon Pair With?

Bourbon pairs well with most southern dishes and can handle fatty, rich foods. But, as usual, don’t overwhelm with too many rich dishes in one meal or you’ll overwhelm the bourbon. (And probably your tummy too!)

Savory:

  • Nuts and Dates
  • Bacon, Ham
  • BBQ dishes

Sweet:

  • Chocolate
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Sweet Potato Pie

Cooking:

  • Appetizer: Chili with bourbon caramelized onions
  • Entree: Brisket with Bourbon Glaze
  • Vegetable: Bourbon glazed carrots
  • Desserts: Brownies, Maple Cakes, Sautéed fruit

Bourbon Cocktails

 

Bourbon finds its way into many different cocktails, but below are the top three you’ll be guaranteed to find!

  • The Old Fashioned – a class: bourbon, bitters, sugar, and orange
  • Manhattan – another classic: bourbon, bitters, vermouth, and orange
  • Mint Julep – a throwback: mint, bourbon, sugar
  • John Collins – highball with fizz, lemon, soda, syrup and bourbon

How to pick the best Bourbon

Chances are, if you have had some whisky in your college days, you’ve probably already had a bourbon. But figuring out which is perfect for you can be a bit tricky! A way to simplify it? Think of your whisky palate. Depending on your taste for rye, smoke, spices in scotches, you can easily figure out which bourbon to try first.

If you don’t have a whiskey palate yet here are a few tips to consider:

  • Rye – very strong, with a spicy kick, hints of cinnamon
  • Spices – Full of hints of nutmeg, nuts, allspice, fall vibes like pumpkin pie
  • Sweeter – Softer and more like candy like caramel, vanilla, or candied apples
  • Grain Flavors – Full of oatmeal, cornbread, rye toast, wheat toast

Now, which bourbons contain which flavors…well it depends on aging and mash content!

Spicy, Strong, Cinnamon Bourbons

These spices come from rye grains in the mash. Cinnamon and kicking pepper are the notes in something like Bulleit Bourbon.

Bulleit Bourbon | Drizly

Bourbon /45% ABV / Kentucky, United States

The complexity of Bulleit Bourbon comes from its unique blend of rye, corn, and barley malt, along with special strains of yeast and pure Kentucky limestone-filtered water.

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Caramel and Vanilla Bourbons

Wheat in the mash tends to soften the whiskey and add in sweeter notes like strong caramel or vanilla (which are in most bourbons) but also apples and pears. These are easier to sip without ice, like Maker’s Mark.

Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky | Drizly

Bourbon /45% ABV / Kentucky, United States

It makes a fine Manhattan with a cherry. Go light with the bitters. It’s also a great choice with an Old Fashioned, particularly if you have dark purple Bing cherries to muddle.

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Fall Spice Bourbons

We’ve covered rye and wheat, so what’s left? Barley! Barley, typically used in Scotch, tends to add a fall-spice characteristic with hints of sweat cream and nuts. Some people say they taste pumpkin pie or even eggnog in bottles like Ezra Brooks.

Ezra Brooks Bourbon | Drizly

Bourbon /45% ABV / Kentucky, United States

Ezra Brooks is distilled using high quality corns and other ingredients and distilled at very specific temperature controls. These careful measures insure a very smooth and subtle taste that is pleasingly soft and balanced, and preferred by many bourbon connoisseurs.

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Grainy Bourbons

The grain notes in bourbon come from mash that hasn’t aged in wood long enough to lose that characteristics. You’ll find these in younger bourbons or bourbons with lower corn content and more barley or wheat percentage! A good example would be Johnny Drum Private Reserve.

Johnny Drum Private Stock Kentucky Bourbon | Drizly

Bourbon /50.5% ABV / Kentucky, United States

Sourced by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, this is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon bottled at 101 proof. The nose is sour apple, vanilla, and oak. The palate is a snowball rolling over fruits, vanilla, and spices, mixing them all together into a well balanced and complex whiskey.

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For Beginners

All the whiskies above are tried-and-true popular brands. Look at the different flavor profiles and choose one that interests you. Further options are below!

Traditional Caramel:

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey | Drizly

Bourbon /50% ABV / Kentucky, United States

Aged nine years, Knob Creek is the oldest by a couple years. The extra aging draws more flavor and sugar from the wood, providing a full-bodied, fruity flavor with hints of grass and grain. 

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Evan Williams Black Label Bourbon | Drizly

Bourbon /43% ABV / Kentucky, United States

Founded in 1783 on the banks of the Ohio River, Evan Williams is one of the oldest distilleries in the country and the first bourbon distillery in Kentucky.

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Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey | Drizly

Bourbon /40% ABV / Kentucky, United States

Jim Beam is the world’s best-selling bourbon. From Tokyo to London to Louisville, Jim Beam sets the benchmark for what a bourbon should be, aged twice as long as required by law for a flavor that’s unlike any other. 

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Wild Turkey Bourbon | Drizly

Bourbon /40.5% ABV / Kentucky, United States

Wild Turkey shines on its own, or in a mixed drink like a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned. That’s why Eddie calls it “a whiskey that can stand up to any mixer or in any cocktail with the bold, in-your–face taste that is distinctively Wild Turkey.”

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Rye:

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey | Drizly

Bourbon /45.2% ABV / Kentucky, United States

The perfectly balanced taste of our Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is composed of more than 200 detectable flavor notes, from bold grain and wood, to sweet aromatics, spice, and fruit & floral notes.

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Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon | Drizly

Bourbon /50% ABV / Kentucky, United States

Four Roses Single Barrel is a high-rye Bourbon made up of the OBSV recipe and hand selected by our Master Distiller – one barrel at a time – based on maturation and taste. Complex flavor revealed through a simple process.

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Old Forester Rye | Drizly

Whiskey /50% ABV 

Old Forester Rye features a mash bill of 65% Rye, 20% Malted Barley, and 15% Corn. Such a high proportion of barley allows for a fully natural fermentation process, forgoing the need for artificial enzymes commonly found in high rye mash bills. 

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Wheat:

Larceny Small Batch Bourbon | Drizly

Bourbon /46% ABV / Kentucky, United States

Made with wheat instead of rye as the secondary grain, our signature Small Batch Wheated Bourbon delivers a smoother taste that’s hard to resist.

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Old Fitzgerald Prime Bourbon | Drizly

Bourbon 

The Old Fitzgerald line was well known for its distilling pedigree, as the brand was first registered in 1884 by S.C Herbst, and was eventually sold to Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle during prohibition.

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Weller Special Reserve Bourbon | Drizly

Bourbon /45% ABV / Kentucky, United States

The Original Wheated Bourbon Whiskey features an exceptionally smooth taste, substituting wheat for rye grain. Bottled at 90 proof, this bourbon stands out with its burnt orange color. Its softer flavor notes make this bourbon great for sipping or making cocktails.

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Nutmeg:

Buffalo Trace Bourbon | Drizly

Bourbon /45% ABV / Kentucky, United States

In tribute to the mighty buffalo and the rugged, independent spirit of the pioneers who followed them, we created our signature Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distilled, aged and bottled at the most award-winning distillery in the world. 

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Grain:

Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey | Drizly

Bourbon /40% ABV / Kentucky, United States

This unique, single small batch bourbon whiskey is blessed with rich hints of peppermint, notes of pepper, slight citrus overtones and a spicy, warming finish. 

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Best Bourbons of 2019

Below are my selections for the top Bourbons in 2019. These are excellent bottles across a range of prices and flavor profile, whether you are a beginner or not!

1. Four Roses Single Barrel $40

A mainstay in my cupboard. Plum and other stone fruits make for a full-flavor. There are also deliciously rich notes of cocoa, chocolate, butterscotch, and winter spices. Very smooth and easy to drink as you relax after work. It also works wonderfully well in winter cocktails like hot toddies! (You all know how much I love winter cocktails…)

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon | Drizly

Bourbon /50% ABV / Kentucky, United States

Four Roses Single Barrel is a high-rye Bourbon made up of the OBSV recipe and hand selected by our Master Distiller – one barrel at a time – based on maturation and taste. Complex flavor revealed through a simple process.

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2. Angel’s Envy $50

A really delicious blend. It’s finished in a port pipe so there are hints of ripe berries even though the majority of flavors are toffee, maple syrup, and tangerine peels. It certainly has some complexity and seems to change character with every sip.

Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey | Drizly

Bourbon /43.3% ABV / Kentucky, United States

Given the Highest Recommendation by Spirit Journal, celebrated by Whisky Advocate, The Bourbon Review, and awarded Wine Enthusiast’s highest bourbon rating, Angel’s Envy is unlike any other whiskey you’ve ever tasted.

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3. New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon $40

Definitely the new kid on the block, as their name suggest, New Riff has created a very high-rye sample with this bottle. Bursting notes of butterscotch, oranges, and cinnamon spices it has a long oak and vanilla-y finish. Also, it is bottled-in-bond without chill filtration, so all those edgier rye/oak flavors are retained.

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon | Drizly

Bourbon / Kentucky, United States

New Riff’s Single Barrel Bourbon is a high-rye, full-bodied whiskey offering savory, spicy character, bottled at barrel proof without chill filtration.

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4. King’s County Bottled-in-Bond Straight Bourbon $65

This is about as pure as it gets for bourbon. As we discussed, bottled-in-bond means it was entirely produced on one distillery. Strong maple notes, very fruity. It is 100 proof so it’s very alcohol-forward, just a warning! Add ice or water to smooth or combine in a cocktail.

Kings County Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey | Drizly

Bourbon /45% ABV / New York, United States

It is characterized by a rich aroma of fresh corn, balanced with the sweet caramelized oak sap from small barrels. It has a very strong sweet base with flavors of vanilla and caramel, a deep molasses taste to the middle notes, and leaves a smooth finish with hints of cinnamon and autumn spices. Aged for at least two years, this bourbon is a precocious whiskey, surprisingly robust for its age.

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5. Wild Turkey Longbranch $40

Full disclosure: I bought this as a joke. It’s Matthew McConaughey’s new bourbon released in conjunction with Wild Turkey.  (He’s been their creative director since 2016.) Since I’m from Texas and I work in entertainment, I figured it was a lark but…it was good! Really good!

It’s aged for 8 years and filtered through Texas mesquite, which adds a lovely spice to the smooth oaky liquid. (Without being a rye.)

Wild Turkey Longbranch | Drizly

Bourbon /43% ABV / Kentucky, United States

Eight Year-Old Wild Turkey Bourbon is refined with Texas mesquite and oak charcoals to create Longbranch.

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Brandy

Brandy is a full and rich spirit, aromas of wood and fruit. Imagine drinking it at room temperature as you relax on the couch after a full, rich meal.

What is Brandy

Simply put: Brandy is a wine. “Okay,” you dubiously remark, “why don’t we just call it wine?” Because it isn’t just wine, it’s actually distilled wine. Distilling the wine raises the alcohol content from the usual 18-20% in regular wine all the way to 40-50%!  This means that Brandy is, by definition, not a wine but a spirit.

While early Mediterranean traders first brought a version of wine to Europe in the 13th century, most people ascribe the first brandy to Dutch merchants. In the 16th century, Dutch traders began removing water from French wine for transport. The reason? Saving money, saving space, and saving the cargo from spoiling!

They called this “brandewijn” or “burnt wine” and transported it in wooden casks. They had every intention of adding water back in at the end of the journey, but customers seemed to really enjoy the newly formed spirit. And thank goodness they did!

Brandy was actually one of the first spirits distilled in America since there is so much natural fruit on the east coast. In 1780 Laird’s opened and produced apple brandy and in 1797 even George Washington joined in the fun!

How is Brandy Made

To make brandy, grape wine is distilled (Though other fruit wines and juices can be used as well including pears, apples, plums, cherries.) These whole fruits are mashed and fermented. Then distilled in copper stills.

The boiling temperatures of alcohol and water differ by about 40 degrees. If you heat wine to 173 degrees Fahrenheit, all the steam released will be alcohol. Voila! You’ve just distilled your wine. The subsequent liquor is 70-120 proof meaning up to 60% of the drink is alcohol.

Many clear fruit brandies are actually not aged, the notable exceptions being apple and obviously grape! The clear fruit brandy is often used as a palate cleanser between meals.

What does Brandy Taste Like

Brandy is a sweeter spirit, full of rich woody, caramel aromas. But the prevalent taste in any brandy should be the fruit at its base. Obviously younger, clear fruit brandies are strongly associated with fruits. But aged brandies, which is what you’ll likely get at a liquor shop when you buy a cognac, tend to deepen in flavor.

  • Grape, plums, and cherries turn into raisin and jam flavors
  • Apples and Pears develop into rich caramel and cream

Wood tends to add vanilla, caramel, spices, rancio, and sweet toasted nuts! Older aging does produce more complex, smooth, and balanced brandies.

General Tasting Profiles for Brandy

  • Fruit
  • Caramel
  • Spices
  • Rancio (in older brandies)
  • Nuts

Does it taste like wine? No. Brandy, Cognac, and Armagnac are about as close to wine as whiskey is to beer. (That is, nowhere near!) But they have a rich flavor, sweet caramel overtones, a base of ripe fruit, and subtle notes of nuts and spice from wood.

What does Brandy Pair With

Brandy can be used in many similar ways as wine, but keep in mind it is stronger than most wines! You’ll need to use less to achieve the same effect.

Savory:

  • Oily fish
  • Strong Cheese
  • Gamey meats

Sweet:

  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Chocolate brownies

Cooking:

Use it in smaller amounts in recipes because it is stronger than wine!

  • Entree: Gravy for turkey, Mushroom sauce for chicken, Goat with brandied cherries
  • Dessert: Flambé desserts, chocolate sauces, Brandied Fruits, Christmas Cake

Brandy cocktails

Brandy cocktails have gone a little out of fashion, but some of them are just so good. Give them a shot and you’ll see what I mean. Maybe together we can start a comeback?)

Hot Toddy – honey and lemon flavors

Sidecar – a “brandy sour” with lemon and orange flavors

Sazerac – the original included cognac and bitters

Japanese Cocktail – almonds, cognac, and bitters…oh my!

How to pick the best Brandy

I’m going to be totally honest, most low price-point brandies are not great. Certainly not great for sipping. You could probably throw them in a cocktail or use them as a sort of mixer, but I don’t recommend buying a $12 bottle of brandy to drink on its own.

For one thing, brandy is very strong. To counteract the alcohol levels you need lots of flavors and expert distilling skills. Lower-end brandy is often full of color additives since it isn’t aged long enough to develop the brown coloring from wood alone.

When you are looking for a brandy, consider aging to be positive. You want an older brandy that has had time to mature and develop flavors outside of just the fruit and strong alcohol. Your best bet is to look for Cognacs and Armagnacs, though they are expensive. Common aging rankings are below.

Brandy Labels

  • VS or Three Stars – Very Special, Brandy that has been aged for at least 2 years. (The most common you will find!)
  • VSOP or Reserve or Five Stars – Very Special Old Pale, Brandy that has been aged for at least 4 years.
  • XO or Napoléon – Extra old, has been aged for at least 6 years. (Though new regulations will likely push it up to 10 years.)
  • Hors d’âge – Beyond Age, at least 10 years old but can be beyond the official age scale

Types of Brandy

Grappa – Italian

Generally made from the pomace made after wine is produced.

Pisco – Peruvian

Is not allowed to be aged in wood, but in clay pots. Is not diluted by water, just distilled at bottling proof instead.

Armagnac – France

High-end brandy! Single distillation via column stills. It also has a slightly different and fancier labeling system

Cognac – France

The highest of all brandies…goes through double distillation and has aging and location requirements. (Trust France to protect its labels!)

For Beginners

Classic good, well-known, and easily accessible brands are listed below! You can find these nearly anywhere and they usually have reasonable price points.

As usual, I recommend trying a glass before a bottle!

  • Hennesey – very smooth, fruity and rich with a hint of spice
  • Rémy Martin – long and silky, toffee, licorice and vanilla with dry apricot
  • Martell – smooth and spicy, pear, citrus, cinnamon, a chocolate-covered almond

Best Brandy of 2019 under $75

Below is my selection of the top brandy options in 2019. They are ranked based on the suggestions for picking brandy listed above. Most are cognacs since they tend to have the best flavor.

(This should be a good place to get started if you want to do a taste test opposite Bourbon!)

1. Copper and Kings Butchertown Brandy $60

Copper & Kings Brandy Butchertown | Drizly

Brandy /62% ABV / Kentucky, United States

Pure copper-pot-distilled over-proof, luxury American Brandy made in 4 barrel batches – 3 Kentucky Bourbon barrels + 1 New American Oak Barrel using Master Distiller selected Reserve Casks for an exceptional luxury American Brandy.  

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Copper and Kings, an American company, are creating some really unique new brandies for the world. Their Butchertown bottle is high proof and is aged in ex-bourbon barrels to impart some of the rich caramelized wood notes. (They also create a delicious pear brandy!)

2. Courvoisier VSOP Cognac $40

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac | Drizly

Cognac /40% ABV / France

Courvoisier® VSOP is a skillfully crafted cognac that is a blend of several crus with a perfect balance between Fins Bois, Grande and Petite Champagnes, at the peak of their aromatic potential. The result is an exquisitely balanced cognac with notes of peach and toasted almond with the gentle hint of vanilla and jasmine.

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The real-deal cognac. Rich, full-bodied, and smooth. Couvoisier delights with peach, almond and caramel. It is surprisingly perfumed with jasmine, though the taste is more dried fruit and toffee than floral. You can drink alone or add to sangria!

3. Pierre Ferdinand 1840 Cognac $40

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula Cognac | Liquorama

1840 Orignal Formula cognac offers ripe, juicy grapes to the nose, accented with meadow flowers, notes of acacia tree blossom and a bracing hint of cedar. On the palate, it’s warm with fruit notes yet still very clean. The finish shows lots of honey and spice.

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The 1840 Formula is supposed to be used in cocktails, but they made such an exquisite brandy you could sip a little as well. Almond, dried dates with hints of wood. It’s the perfect mix for the cocktails above!

4. Paul Masson Grand Amber VSOP $15

Paul Masson Grande Amber VSOP Brandy | Drizly

Brandy /40% ABV / California, United States

A Superior Brandy, Exquisitely Blended And Aged Four Years In Oak. This Unique, Award Winning Blend Is Aged Longer To Provide An Even Smoother Taste Experience With Greater Complexity And Intrigue.

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Surprising to find such a lovely brandy for such a low price. Hazelnut, espresso and cigars mix with spices like allspice and nutmeg. Overall delicious, the added cognac elevates the American brandy a step above.

5. Emperador Brandy $15

Emperador Solera Brandy | Drizly

Brandy /40% ABV / Philippines

The Best Selling Brandy in The World. Emperador Brandy derives its superb character from a delicate blending and aging process. The result is a brandy of distinctive aroma flavor and consistent mellow quality.

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As the world’s #1 selling brandy, Emperador needed a spot on the list. This has a much more caramelized flavor like crème brûlée or tiramisu, yet it’s tempered by dark chocolate and mocha notes.

FAQ’s

Brandy vs. Cognac?

Every Cognac you drink is a brandy. But Cognac is a special type of brandy that only comes from France. Legally, something can only be labeled Cognac if it comes from grapes grown in the Cognac region of France.

(The specific varietal is Ugni Blanc.) It then follows a specific distilling and aging process to increase the already high quality of the grapes. Cognacs are aged for two to twenty five years in French oak. In essence, when you buy Cognac, you are paying for the label and the legal quality control.

How to serve Brandy?

Brandy should be served room temperature to warm (never iced!) in a snifter glass. (Seriously, invest in the snifter glass. Half of the fun of brandy is the aroma and the snifter is the only way to really appreciate it.

You can even enjoy scotch or bourbon in a snifter!) Brandy is generally served as an after-dinner drink or palate cleanser. How long does Brandy have to age to be good? This is largely a matter of taste, but many people prefer brandies that have been aged for at least 4-6 years.

These bottles have a more mature and developed palate. But you should note that buying a young bottle of brandy and keeping it in your cupboard will not age it. Brandies, like ports and whiskies, don’t improv or age in once they are bottled! (They are different from wines in that way.)

Can you substitute Bourbon for Brandy?

Yes. If your recipe calls for brandy, or vice versa, you can replace it with an equal amount of Bourbon or Rum. It may change the flavor a bit and Bourban can have a spicier, smokier, and grainier flavor. And rum has a richer molasses flavor.

What alcohols taste like Brandy?

Cognac and Armagnac are the top two, since they are actually types of brandy. Other brandy-like alcohols would include Grapa and Pisco which are both also made from distilled fruit juices.

Bourbon vs. Whiskey?

Remember that bourbon is a whiskey. It differs from whisky in its base mash composition, which is majority corn. The corn is what makes it a little sweeter. And the requirement that bourbon be aged in charred new oak casks increases it’s caramel, vanilla, and oak flavors! While there are slight taste differences, some bourbons taste like whiskies just as some whiskies taste like scotches (another whiskey subset.) Whiskey, bourbon, scotch, and rye are all in the same family of liquors.

What is Straight Bourbon?

Straight Bourbon is any bourbon that has been aged over 2 years. However, something may have been aged over 2 years and not called “straight.”

What is Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon?

Bottled-in-Bond is another legally defined term for Bourbon. (Think of it like Scotch from Scotland, it bears a seal of quality.)

These bottles must be:

• Aged at least 4 years
• Bottled by the same master distiller
• Bottled in the same distilling season
• Bottled in the same distillery
• Bottled at 100 proof
• The label must include the name of the distillery.

Is Tennessee Whiskey different from Bourbon?

The state recently declared that any whiskey not aged in Tennessee couldn’t have the label either. George Dickel’s brand has been lobbying to relax some of these requirements. There is precedent, Pritchard’s is exempt from the Lincoln County Process.Tennessee whiskey (like Jack Daniel’s) technically counts as bourbon. But don’t let them hear you say it! Tennessee characterizes its whiskey as different from Bourbon. In fact, there are some legal requirements that set it apart.
• Distilled in Tennessee
• Made from at least 51% corn
• Filtered through charcoal from sugar maples (The “Lincoln County Process”)
• Aged in new, charred oak barrels

You’ll note that many of these are identical to the federal requirements regarding bourbon. The Lincoln County Process is really the main difference. After distillation, the liquid is poured through sugar maple charcoal to remove impurities and mellow the whiskey. The whiskey is then aged.

How long does Bourbon have to age to be good?

Bourbon is required to be aged for at least 2 years. You can find decent bourbon at the 2-year mark, but most of the premium bourbons are between 5-12 years. But like Scotch, Bourbon can be aged for decades as well!

What can you substitute for Bourbon?

It is best not to substitute a brandy for bourbon if you have the option. Bourbon has a unique flavor, and you’d be better off substituting an equal amount of scotch or whisky within a similar flavor profile! But brandy and bourbon both have vanilla flavors, so if that is the key note you want to highlight, you should be okay!

What alcohols taste like Bourbon?

Top alcohols similar to bourbon would be Tennesee Whiskey, American Whiskey, Rye Whiskey. Most of these even use similar processes. From around the world, Japanese or Irish Whisky have similar spice and sweet notes in some bottles.

And even scotch, like Speyside, has some similarities. Since it is a whiskey, you can find many bottles that will remind you of bourbon!

How to serve Bourbon?

Bourbon can either be served neat (room temperature in a glass) or over the rocks (with ice). Adding water brings out the subtle flavors and widens the aromas. Bourbon can be enjoyed before dinner, with food, or after a meal. Think of it as a whiskey or scotch.

Final Thoughts

While they have some similar tasting characteristics, bourbon and brandy are two entirely different spirits. But if you are looking for a casual after-dinner drink or even a little something extra to add to a cake, both will suffice.

But next time your drunk uncle asks you what you’re having after Thanksgiving dinner, at least now you’ll be able to give him an answer!

Recommended Reads:

Difference Between Whiskey and Brandy – Difference Wiki

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Main Difference

Alcohol based drinks are very common in most parts of Europe and America. There are different forms in which they are available and have distinct taste based on the preparation and the ingredients used. The main difference between Whiskey and Brandy is the source from which they are produced. The first one is formed with the help of fresh grains which are fermented and can include barley, corn, rye, and wheat. On the other hand, Brandy is the drink which is produced from pure grapes in most cases while other fruits can also be used.

Comparison Chart

BasisWhiskeyBrandy
Alcohol40-50%40-60%
ConstituentGrains such as barley, corn, rye, and wheat.Grapes mostly, but other fruits can be used.
Drying ProcessDried in wooden crates to give then a distinctive taste.Dried at home with local processes.
PricesHighLow
PreparationGloballyLocally
UtilizationUsually during the daytime. Usually at night after dinner.
MaturityAt least 2 years.At least 1 year.

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What is Whiskey?

It is one of the most famous alcoholic beverages around the world and is easily distinguished by its taste. It is made from fresh grains which are fermented grain mash. There is no particular type of seeds that are used in making it, but it can be any kind such as barley, corn, rye, and wheat. The best part about them which gives them the uniqueness is that they are placed in wooden boxes and then let to become old, and that is why they are unyielding. They are regulated at stable levels around the world. The word whiskey has been originated from the Gaelic word use which means water, distilled alcohol was the first one available in the market, and that is why the name might have originated. It is known as Whisky as well, and the difference arises depending on the location of the person who is speaking it. The most common name is Whiskey which is mostly spoken by Europeans while the word Whisky is more formal in the American dialect. The production process is relatively long where the distillation starts at the initial stage and usually still made of copper are used, sulfur based compounds were also used, but they used to make the drink unpleasant. The standard equipment which is used for such purposes is known as a pot still. Then the next process is aging, it does not take place in the bottle but mostly the there is a cask present in which they are matured. The more the liquid comes in connection with the cask the better the taste is supposed to be.” Whiskey or whisky” It is here that one of the main differences occurs. generally, Scottish and American whiskies are distilled twice and Irish whiskey is distilled three times (there are exceptions to the rule, in all cases). Distilling three times produces a lighter and smoother spirit.

What is Brandy?

This is another type of alcoholic drink which is mostly famous among families as it is consumed after dinner. It gained popularity during the last century as a drink which was required for dinner instead of the usual tea of cold beverages. It is not lighter by any means since it contains around 40% spirit by volume and is produced by distilling the wine. They are of different types, some are matured in wooden caskets, some are done by synthetic methods which can change the taste. This kind of drink was introduced as soon as the process of distillation was discovered. Initially, it was seen as a method by which the juice could be preserved, but then some of the drinks were kept there for a long time then the change of taste was observed and soon mass production of it was introduced in the market. It is available in a wide range since it is not international, most countries, even cities will have their own unique taste or color depending on the culture. Artificial color is added to them to give it a distinct taste and look. There are two phases in which it is distilled. The first one is the one in which large part of water and solids is removed from the solution and then the deep wine is produced. This has around 30% of alcohol. In the next stage, in the next process, the next one will be distilled in brandy, and that will then bring the concentration to 40%. It is also produced with grapes and other fruits and is, therefore, famous.

Key Differences

  1. The percentage of alcohol in Whiskey is around 40-50% while the percentage of alcohol in Brandy is around 40-60% depending on the type.
  2. Whiskey is formed with the help of fresh grains which are fermented and can include barley, corn, rye, and wheat while Brandy is the drink which is produced from pure grapes in most cases while other fruits can also be used.
  3. Whiskey is dried in wooden crates to give then a distinctive taste while Brandy is prepared on local levels which can have different tastes.
  4. Whiskey is usually costlier than Brandy because of its international nature while Brandy is produced locally so the prices can vary from low to high.
  5. It takes more than 2 years for a whiskey to mature to some extent while it takes around one year for a brandy to mature at a drinkable level.
  6. Artificial color is added to them to give Brand a distinct look while no artificial products are added to change the taste.
90,000 Whiskey and brandy – how they differ and what’s more useful

Whiskey and cognac are the most popular spirits in Russia. Only vodka competes with them, but according to many characteristics it is a separate product, having nothing to do with cognac and whiskey. It should be noted right away that the concept of “cognac” in this case means a wide class of drinks made using cognac technology, which are correctly called brandy.

What is the difference between whiskey and cognac (brandy)? Even those who are familiar with all three drinks will be interested in learning about the peculiarities of production, taste and other differences between these types of strong alcohol, revered all over the world.

What is the difference between whiskey and cognac and brandy

First of all, these are fundamentally different alcoholic beverages. External resemblance and belonging to strong alcohol – everything that unites them. Whiskey was first made in Scotland in the 16th century, cognac appeared in France a century later. The geographical object that gave the name to the cognac is the town of Cognac of the Charente department, which today remains the center of the mass production of the world’s best cognac spirits.Cognac can only be called a French product produced in the Charente region, and everything else made using a similar technology is called brandy.

World centers of whiskey production – Scotland and Ireland, between which disputes still continue about who made the first whiskey. In addition to these countries, whiskey is produced by the USA, Japan, Canada, and some Asian countries.

Briefly about the difference between whiskey, brandy and cognac:

  • Raw materials.The basis of whiskey – cereals barley, rye, wheat. In the United States, whiskey is called bourbon and is made from corn, the content of which in raw materials is established by law and should not be less than 51%. The main stage in the preparation of raw materials for whiskey is malting or germination of grains of special varieties of barley for fermentation. Cognac is made from certain varieties of white grapes: uni blanc, foil blanche, colombard, montil. Grape juice is fermented, then distilled twice and infused in oak barrels. For the production of brandy, not only white grape wine can be used, as for cognac – depending on the raw material, the drink can be wine, fruit and berry.
  • Fortress. Whiskey has a strength of 35 to 65% vol. Cognac is more strictly regulated by this indicator – its strength is 40% vol. Brandy differs from cognac and whiskey by a higher upper limit of alcohol content, its strength ranges from 35 to 90% vol. On sale most often you can see drinks of 40-60 degrees, while varieties with a higher alcohol content are used for the production of other alcoholic products, for example, when fortified wines are brought to the required strength.
  • Taste and aroma. This is an important and difficult characteristic to compare. It is generally accepted that cognac is a more noble, perfect drink with a delicate refined taste and aroma. Brandy in the bulk is inferior in this to cognac, although its aged brands have a very decent level. The whiskey is energetic, brutal, with a rich characteristic aroma and a pronounced flavor bouquet. At the same time, expensive long-aged whiskey tastes better than average and budget cognacs.

Each drink has a strong following and enjoys a high reputation in the spirits segment.

Differences in the production of cognac, brandy and whiskey

Cognac is made by distillation of special varieties of fermented grape juice. Fermented raw materials are distilled twice, closed in oak barrels and kept for at least two years. The established gradation of cognac aging is up to 6 years, although the aging of elite varieties of many manufacturers is from 25 to 60 years. It is believed that blends and the quality of old drinks cannot be controlled.

Brandy production involves one or two distillation, after which the drink is either bottled directly or aged in barrels for six months or more.

Grain raw materials for whiskey after malting are dried and milled. In Scotland, peat smoke is often used for drying – the drink acquires the famous smoky notes. Water and yeast are added to the flour and fermented. The process continues with a single distillation of the wort in copper stills. The resulting alcohols are poured into oak barrels, usually after wine, and infused for at least 3 years. Blending is a must for inexpensive whiskeys; elite single malt whiskeys are not blended.

Which is healthier – whiskey or cognac

Answering this question, it is necessary to compare the technology and characteristics of drinks. Cognac is obtained by double distillation, raw cognac is more homogeneous, it contains less essential compounds, fusel oils, and alcohol oxidation products.

Whiskey is generally a strong and rather hard drink. Cognac is softer, nobler, easier to drink and better tolerated. It is believed that in small quantities (up to 30 ml), it is even useful for the body, since it dilates blood vessels, improves digestion, tones and soothes.A high-quality brandy made using cognac technology is not inferior in its properties to its French counterpart.

When making a choice between whiskey and cognac, keep in mind that cognac is more expensive than whiskey of the same aging. It takes ten volumes of high-quality white wine to produce a unit volume of cognac spirit. Inexpensive whiskey of decent quality is much easier to find than decent cognac for affordable money.

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Supermarket shelves are lined with bottles that say “cognac”.But not every drink that sellers call cognac is in fact. Brandy also causes confusion – it is mistakenly considered a synonym for cognac. What is cognac, and what is brandy and why should they not be confused?

Why cognac is always brandy, but brandy is not always cognac

Brandy is a generalized name for strong alcoholic beverages that are produced by double distillation of fermented fruit juice: grape, cherry, raspberry, apple. The strength of the brandy varies from 40 to 60 degrees. The word itself – “brandy” – denotes a technology rather than a specific drink.

Cognac is a special case of brandy. This is an alcoholic drink that is produced by the double distillation method from grape juice. Cognac is aged in oak barrels for at least 30 months, the strength of the drink is 40 degrees. Only manufacturers from the French region of Poitou-Charentes, where the city of Cognac is located, have the right to call their products this way.

Cognac is one of the most popular brandy in the world, but not the only one.This group of drinks includes such grape brandies as Armagnac and Greek metaxa. There are also fruit brandies: calvados, plum brandy, framboise and many others.


Brandy from different countries

So, what drink can be called cognac?

  • It is manufactured using double distillation technology.
  • Only white grape varieties were used for its production.
  • The drink is aged in oak barrels for at least 30 months.
  • Its fortress is 40 degrees.
  • Only natural ingredients were used in the production.
  • The drink was produced in the French region of Poitou-Charentes.

How to drink cognac correctly

There are people who are firmly convinced that cognac is a tinted vodka, and conversations about a bouquet are just conversations, “the naked king”. If you also think that the stories about the bouquet of cognac are greatly exaggerated, then you did not drink real cognac or drank it incorrectly.

To taste the notorious bouquet, you need the “right” glasses: the so-called snifters. These are spherical glasses on a low stem, slightly narrowed upwards. The tastings use a smaller glass, shaped like a tulip bud. Like a snifter, it tapers upwards, but the glass bowl is much smaller than the snifter bowl and is more extended vertically. A slightly narrowed shape is needed so that the bouquet concentrates in the glass, and does not evaporate.

The drink does not need to be cooled, the room temperature is optimal for it.The glass is about a quarter full to the widest level of the glass. To taste the bouquet, first inhale the aroma of the cognac. Do not bring the snifter to the very nose, inhale at a short distance. This way you will feel the brightest notes. Then tilt the glass and slightly rotate it around its axis so that “legs” are formed on the walls, and inhale the aroma again – it will change a little, become more saturated.


Snifter is a special glass for cognac. This noble drink is not poured to the brim

By the “legs” that the drink leaves on the walls of the glass, you can determine its exposure.If the “legs” do not drain from the walls for 5 seconds, you are drinking cognac with an aging of 5-8 years. If 15 seconds – the drink is aged for about 20 years. Well, if the “legs” do not linger on the walls of the glass for 5 seconds, the cognac is aged for less than 5 years.

To taste the bouquet, take a small sip and spread the drink all over the mouth. Feel not only the taste of cognac, but also its warmth. Swallow slowly and do not rush to eat – feel the aftertaste. Good cognac also leaves a “third wave of aroma”: this is the smell that can be felt in an already empty glass.

Do not repeat other people’s mistakes!

In the countries of the former USSR, there are two widespread myths about cognac that interfere with enjoying this noble drink. We do not undertake to judge where these mistakes came from, but every second one commits them:

  • Warming cognac in the palms. Any inhabitant of the French city of Cognac will faint from such sacrilege: by heating cognac, you make alcohol and other volatile substances evaporate quickly, which is why you feel not a bouquet, but only an alcoholic spirit.
  • Lemon as a snack. Alternatively: lemon sprinkled with ground coffee. The harsh sour taste of lemon is a sure-fire remedy to overpower all other flavors. Snack cognac with lemon, and you will never feel the aftertaste. It is better not to eat cognac at all, but if you really want to, then you can take lean meat, hard cheeses or sweet fruits.

Tulip Tasting Glasses

How to drink other types of brandy

Other types of brandy are drunk in much the same way as cognac: you need a snifter filled with brandy to the widest part, a calm atmosphere and a minimum of snacks.This is not a party drink. It is best to drink brandy at room temperature, but ice can be added to the short-aged drink if desired. This is a violation of the rules, but many people prefer fruit brandy in a glass with ice.

Now that you know how to drink brandy correctly, choose a calm evening and enjoy the bouquet and aroma of this noble drink.

Always yours, “Aromatny Mir”

What is the difference between brandy and cognac

In Russia, cognac and brandy are interchangeable concepts. Almost any brandy is called cognac, which is fundamentally wrong. The fundamental difference is the legality of the use of the name “cognac”: according to French law and European standards, only the drink that was made in the Charente department, near the city of Cognac, in one of six cognac subregions: Grand and Petit Champagne, Bon Bois, can be called cognac, Fen Bois, Borderies and Bois Ordiner. Even if the brandy was made in France, but outside these appellations, it cannot be called cognac.Apart from this, there are a number of other differences.

Production technology

Brandy is a strong drink produced by continuous, double or triple distillation from grape juice, grape pomace or fruit mash.

Cognac is a grape brandy produced by double distillation under strict rules that are regulated by law.

Grapes

Cognac is made from juice, which is 90% composed of Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche or Colombard grapes, and another 10% from other varieties acceptable in the cognac region, for example, Montil, Semillon, Folignan.

Any grape may be used for the production of grape brandy from other regions, not necessarily of certain varieties.

Aging

Strict rules apply to the aging of French cognac: the minimum period is 2 years, and the barrels are made from oak grown in the forests of Limousin and Tronse. After the cognac is placed in storage, the warehouses are sealed, and, as a rule, only the cellar master has access to them – the person who decides whether the spirits are ready for blending or not.

Blending

Unlike Armagnac and other types of grape brandy, cognac is most often obtained by mixing young and mature alcohols. Only in rare cases do producers release vintage or vintage cognacs from single barrel spirits (Single Barrel).

Whiskey and cognac what is the difference: short and clear

What’s the Difference?

This question can only be answered comprehensively. Whiskey and cognac are made from different raw materials, aged in barrels from different types of wood, have different strengths, and have different geographical requirements.

Shake up the differences point by point so that there are no questions left:

  1. Raw materials used

    Whiskey – made from cereals such as barley, rye, corn, wheat and even buckwheat with rice.

    Cognac – made from white grapes permitted for this, such as Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard.

  2. Aged in barrels

    There are no clear aging requirements for whiskey.Used old, new barrels, barrels from different types of wood. This and the aging period are determined by the traditions of a particular country.

    Cognac is aged in French oak barrels, while there are requirements for the age of the oak and the duration of aging, which is at least 2 years.

  3. Fortress

    The strength of whiskey varies widely – from 35% vol. up to 60% vol. There are even stronger specimens.

    The strength of cognac should be no more and no less than 40% vol. , exceeding this level is allowed only with the permission of the “National Interprofessional Bureau of Cognac”, each case is considered individually.

  4. Geography

    Whiskey is not subject to the laws of any country. It is produced in many territories, and there is still debate about who invented it – the Scots or the Irish.

    Cognac is a protected appellation of origin. This means that only a drink that is produced in France, in the Cognac region, can be called cognac, subject to certain requirements.Any similar drink made in another region or country is called brandy.

  5. Scotch Whiskey

    In Scotland, the tradition of smoking malt with peat smoke is widespread, which gives the whiskey strong notes of iodine and sea.

  6. Manufacturing technologies

    Whiskey can be distilled in apparatuses of various types and designs, including rectification columns. There are no requirements for the number of cycles – it can be one distillation (for example, in the USA), and two (for example, Scotland), and three (for example, Ireland).

    Cognac is distilled exactly twice in a Charente distillation still. In case of deviation from this rule, the drink is classified as brandy.

Nuances of barrel aging

The variety of whiskey styles is primarily due to the fact that barrels made of various types of wood are allowed for aging, as well as barrels in which other drinks were previously aged.

For example, this could be a new American white oak barrel that will give the whiskey its distinctive aromas of exotic fruits, freshly cut grass and vanilla.

Or an oak barrel from sherry – will add the taste of withered berries, dried fruits and spices.

In addition, manufacturers often use such a technique as “final exposure”. In this case, after a long exposure in the main barrel, the whiskey is poured for a relatively short time into a barrel of another type, for example, from under Oloroso or Sauternes. This adds even more flavor and aroma nuances to the profile of the drink.

In the case of cognac, the story is different. Only certain barrels described above are allowed for aging, and it is extremely rare for manufacturers, more often for the sake of experiment, to carry out final exposure.Because of this, the range of styles for this drink is much narrower. However, due to a large number of stringent requirements, cognac is always a high-quality product, the characteristics of which are most often predictable and unchanged from year to year.

Which is better?

It is impossible to answer this question due to too large differences between drinks.

Whiskey is a versatile drink that will be appropriate in many cases.

Cognac is a more conservative and noble drink, which is preferable to drink in an appropriate setting.

The content of harmful impurities in whiskey and cognac is about the same, but the former contains more fusel oil, which can aggravate the hangover if consumed excessively. There is no need to talk about the well-known beneficial properties of cognac, since the high alcohol content reduces them to nothing.

Choose a drink to your liking and remember – there are no rules. Drink what and how you like it.

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What is the difference between whiskey and brandy | Winestyle

Whiskey and cognac are the most popular spirits in Russia.Only vodka competes with them, but according to many characteristics it is a separate product, having nothing to do with cognac and whiskey. It should be noted right away that the concept of “cognac” in this case means a wide class of drinks made using cognac technology, which are correctly called brandy.

What is the difference between whiskey and cognac (brandy)? Even those who are familiar with all three drinks will be interested in learning about the peculiarities of production, taste and other differences between these types of strong alcohol, revered all over the world.

How does whiskey differ from cognac and brandy

First of all, these are fundamentally different alcoholic beverages. External resemblance and belonging to strong alcohol – everything that unites them. Whiskey was first made in Scotland in the 16th century, cognac appeared in France a century later. The geographical object that gave the name to the cognac is the town of Cognac of the Charente department, which today remains the center of the mass production of the world’s best cognac spirits. Cognac can only be called a French product produced in the Charente region, and everything else made using a similar technology is called brandy.

The world centers of whiskey production are Scotland and Ireland, between which there are still disputes about who made the first whiskey. In addition to these countries, whiskey is produced by the USA, Japan, Canada, and some Asian countries.

Briefly about the difference between whiskey, brandy and cognac:

  • Raw materials. The basis of whiskey – cereals barley, rye, wheat. In the United States, whiskey is called bourbon and is made from corn, the content of which in raw materials is established by law and should not be less than 51%.The main stage in the preparation of raw materials for whiskey is malting or germination of grains of special varieties of barley for fermentation. Cognac is made from certain varieties of white grapes: uni blanc, foil blanche, colombard, montil. Grape juice is fermented, then distilled twice and infused in oak barrels. For the production of brandy, not only white grape wine can be used, as for cognac – depending on the raw material, the drink can be wine, fruit and berry.
  • Fortress. Whiskey has a strength of 35 to 65% vol.Cognac is more strictly regulated by this indicator – its strength is 40% vol. Brandy differs from cognac and whiskey by a higher upper limit of alcohol content, its strength ranges from 35 to 90% vol. On sale most often you can see drinks of 40-60 degrees, while varieties with a higher alcohol content are used for the production of other alcoholic products, for example, when fortified wines are brought to the required strength.
  • Taste and aroma. This is an important and difficult characteristic to compare.It is generally accepted that cognac is a more noble, perfect drink with a delicate refined taste and aroma. Brandy in the bulk is inferior in this to cognac, although its aged brands have a very decent level. The whiskey is energetic, brutal, with a rich characteristic aroma and a pronounced flavor bouquet. At the same time, expensive long-aged whiskey tastes better than average and budget cognacs.

Each drink has a strong following and enjoys a high reputation in the spirits segment.

Differences in the production of cognac, brandy and whiskey

Cognac is made by distillation of fermented grape juice of special varieties. Fermented raw materials are distilled twice, closed in oak barrels and kept for at least two years. The established gradation of cognac aging is up to 6 years, although the aging of elite varieties of many manufacturers is from 25 to 60 years. It is believed that blends and the quality of old drinks cannot be controlled.

Brandy production involves one or two distillation, after which the drink is either bottled directly or aged in barrels for six months or more.

Grain raw materials for whiskey after malting are dried and milled. In Scotland, peat smoke is often used for drying – the drink acquires the famous smoky notes. Water and yeast are added to the flour and fermented. The process continues with a single distillation of the wort in copper stills. The resulting alcohols are poured into oak barrels, usually after wine, and infused for at least 3 years. Blending is a must for inexpensive whiskeys; elite single malt whiskeys are not blended.

Which is healthier – whiskey or cognac

Answering this question, you need to compare the technology and characteristics of drinks. Cognac is obtained by double distillation, raw cognac is more homogeneous, it contains less essential compounds, fusel oils, and alcohol oxidation products.

Whiskey is generally a strong and rather hard drink. Cognac is softer, nobler, easier to drink and better tolerated. It is believed that in small quantities (up to 30 ml), it is even useful for the body, since it dilates blood vessels, improves digestion, tones and soothes.A high-quality brandy made using cognac technology is not inferior in its properties to its French counterpart.

When making a choice between whiskey and cognac, keep in mind that cognac is more expensive than whiskey of the same aging. It takes ten volumes of high-quality white wine to produce a unit volume of cognac spirit. Inexpensive whiskey of decent quality is much easier to find than decent cognac for affordable money.

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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BRANDY AND WHISKEY | COMPARE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SIMILAR TERMS – LIFE

Brandy vs. Whiskey For a teetotaler, there is no difference between brandy and whiskey. This is because for him both are alcoholic beverages designed to stimulate his brain and intoxicate. However, relative to

Brandy vs. Whiskey

For a teetotaler, there is no difference between brandy and whiskey. This is because for him both are alcoholic beverages designed to stimulate his brain and intoxicate.However, to classify brandy and whiskey in the same category would be unfair not only in relation to connoisseurs, but also in relation to ordinary people who love alcoholic beverages. This article attempts to identify the real differences between brandy and whiskey, starting with the ingredients used for the method or process, and the elements added to the pure beverage before drinking.

Whiskey

Whiskey is one of the alcoholic drinks that can be made from different grains, and barley is one of them.The product is distilled after adding washing water and mixing yeast with it. The alcohol is separated by distillation and other substances are also removed from the mixture. The whiskey thus obtained is placed in wooden aging barrels, which are believed to impart aroma and flavor to the whiskey. There is also a variant called malt whiskey, which uses malting, in which germination occurs through moist barley, which is poured into the whiskey and takes 2-3 weeks. During this period, the barley must be turned by hand frequently to ensure germination.Whiskey is distilled only after full germination. It is interesting to note that there are two spellings for whiskey; the one that does not use E is a product not produced in Scotland, which is considered to be the origin of the whiskey. Scotch whiskey is also known as scotch whiskey, while whiskey produced anywhere in the world is just whiskey. This is similar to the champagne that is produced in the Champagne region of France.

brandy

Brandy is a word that comes from the Dutch word for burnt wine. Brandy is made from white wine and grapes, although technically it can be made from any fruit that can provide a sugar base. Fruit juice is fermented for 4-5 days, then distilled and placed in barrels to develop the flavor that makes the brandy so popular around the world. Even when brandy is made from grape juice, there are many different grape varieties that affect the final product. Some of the important grape varieties used to make brandy are folle blanche, colombel, and ugni blanc.

What is the difference between brandy and whiskey?

• Brandy is usually made from wine and fruits (mainly grapes), while whiskey is made from different grains (mainly barley).

• Fermentation is the scientific process of making brandy, while whiskey is distillation.

• Both brandy and whiskey are aged in wooden (oak) barrels, but the aging description is different. Whiskey simply mentions the years of aging, while the brandy uses letters such as VOP and VSOP to let the customer know how long it has been aged.

• While drinking, water or soda is usually added to the whiskey. However, water is never added to brandy, but taken separately.

• Whiskey is always a social drink, and brandy is drunk in the afternoon with a cup of coffee. Brandy is also believed to have medicinal properties.

Differences between cognac and whiskey

For most people, such drinks as whiskey and cognac are absolutely identical, since both are outwardly similar and both are strong alcohol.However, this is not at all the case. There is a very big difference between them: both in the basics of production and in the raw materials used.

To better understand the main differences, let’s make a comparative description of the main indicators.

1. Raw materials

Whiskey. The raw material base for whiskey can be various grains such as rye, barley, wheat, or even rice and corn. The aging takes place in oak barrels. So, barley is used for Scotch whiskey.Popular brands:

For Irish whiskey – barley with the addition of rye and oats. Brands:

American whiskey or Bourbon is made exclusively from a grain crop – corn.

Leading brands:

Cognac. Everything is much simpler here. The drink is made only on the basis of alcohol of grape origin. Excerpt and storage takes place in oak barrels. The most popular brands of cognac:

  • Hennessy;
  • Remy Martin;
  • Camus;
  • Augier;
  • Bisquit.

2. Production technology

Whiskey. It is believed that the process of making whiskey is a little easier than that of cognac. This is due only to the fact that it is a cereal distillate or just moonshine. And cognac, in turn, is obtained by distilling grape juice.

Main stages of the production process:

  1. Preparation of cereals (barley, wheat, rye, corn, etc.) or the so-called malt.
  2. Drying malt.
  3. Wort production (sweetish liquid or juice).
  4. Fermentation process or fermentation.
  5. Double distillation of mash (distillation).
  6. Aged in oak barrels. But! Barrels from sherry or other wine are often used. This gives the whiskey a subtle aroma and vanilla flavor.
  7. Blending.
  8. Filling

Cognac. The technology for the production of cognac is complex due to the circumstances that require a special approach in the selection of ingredients.The main raw material is white grapes – Trebbiano. However, sometimes Montil, Colombard or Folle Blanche are also used.

Main stages of the production process:

  1. Harvesting and pressing grape juice.
  2. Fermentation.
  3. The process of distillation of fermented grape wine, which takes place in two stages and determines the future fate of cognac.

Interesting! In order for the cognac spirit to bear the name of cognac, it must be aged in oak barrels for at least 2 years.

3. Geography of production

Whiskey. Despite the fact that it is the national drink of the Scots and Irish, the region of production is quite extensive. These are Canada, the United States, and even Asian countries. Whiskey does not have strict government control, so the likelihood of buying a low-quality drink is very high.

Cognac. France is the only country that has a legal permit for the production of cognac. Therefore, the state maintains strict control over the producers and quality of this drink.

Important! If you see another country of origin on the label of cognac, then most likely you have a drink of poor quality or a fake.

4. Fortress

Whiskey. The degree of whiskey can be different (there are no strict rules in this): from 40% to 70%. It all depends on the manufacturer and the type of drink.

Cognac. According to French law, the strength of cognac must be at least 40%, otherwise the product will not be allowed for sale.

5.Taste

It is believed that the taste and aroma of cognac is refined and mild, while that of whiskey is sharp and full-bodied. It is also generally accepted that if the first drink can be drunk by both men and women, then the second is exclusively male.

But! For each connoisseur of one of the two drinks, taste preferences will be different, and therefore it is an individual matter to judge which one is better.

6. For health

It has been proven that cognac has many beneficial properties for the human body.While whiskey contains a high concentration of various fusel oils and esters.

Interesting! High quality cognac is quickly eliminated from the body without causing headaches.

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