Brandy vs. Cognac

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Main Difference

The main difference between Brandy and Cognac is that the Brandy is a spirit produced by distilling wine and Cognac is a alcoholic beverage; a variety of brandy.

  • Brandy

    Brandy is a spirit produced by distilling wine. Brandy generally contains 35–60% alcohol by volume (70–120 US proof) and is typically drunk as an after-dinner digestif. Some brandies are aged in wooden casks. Others are coloured with caramel colouring to imitate the effect of aging, and some are produced using a combination of both aging and colouring. Varieties of wine brandy can be found across the winemaking world. Among the most renowned are Cognac and Armagnac from southwestern France.In a broader sense, the term brandy also denotes liquors obtained from the distillation of pomace (yielding pomace brandy), or mash or wine of any other fruit (fruit brandy). These products are also called eau de vie (which translates to “water of life”).

  • Cognac

    Cognac ( KON-yak, also US: KOHN-, KAWN-, French: [kɔɲak] (listen)) is a variety of brandy named after the town of Cognac, France. It is produced in the surrounding wine-growing region in the departments of Charente and Charente-Maritime.

    Cognac production falls under French appellation d’origine contrôlée designation, with production methods and naming required to meet certain legal requirements. Among the specified grapes, Ugni blanc, known locally as Saint-Emilion, is most widely used. The brandy must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Cognac matures in the same way as whiskies and wines barrel age, and most cognacs spend considerably longer “on the wood” than the minimum legal requirement.

  • Brandy (noun)

    An alcoholic liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice.

  • Brandy (noun)

    Any variety of brandy.

  • Brandy (noun)

    A glass of brandy.

  • Brandy (verb)

    To preserve, flavour, or mix with brandy.

  • Cognac (noun)

    A brandy distilled from white wine in the region around Cognac in France.

    “Major manufacturers add a small proportion of caramel to color their cognacs.”

  • Cognac (noun)

    a high-quality brandy, strictly speaking that distilled in Cognac in western France

    “we went to a bar and had some cognac”

    “a good range of cognacs”

Oxford Dictionary

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