Brandy is much, much more than that untouched bottle in the back of your parents’ liquor cabinet. Brandy encompass hundreds of grape and fruit based wines. France’s Cognacs, Italy’s grappas, Germany’s Kirschwassers, and New Jersey’s applejack all fall under the category.
Cognac, Armagnac, and Pisco are classic Grape Brandies. Grappa, also made, from grapes utilizes a different portion of the plant, the pomace or stems, seeds, skins to make the aptly named Pomace Brandies. Across the world, Fruit Brandy is made by distilling fruit (of course) such as the commonly used apples and pears. Brandies tend to report an ABV around 35%.