The word Brandy originates from brandewijn meaning burnt wine, Its origins date back to the 14th century when merchants and explorers would distil the wine as a means to prevent it turning sour whilst travelling. It was during this time when producers discovered that ageing and storing the spirit in cask softened and developed the taste as well as altering the colour. Brandy is produced by the crushing of grapes and fermentation of that liquid into a wine alcohol. Brandy is usually created from wines that have high acidity and normally too bitter and unsuitable to be consumed as wine.
This wine alcohol is then distilled until it reaches a high strength clear alcohol between 59 - 75% ABV. It is at this point aged in oak casks before being blended. Within the EU the definition of Brandy is distilled from grapes and aged in oak casks for a minimum of 6 months. Where fruit other than Grapes have been used to distil spirit these are referred to as to by specific names such as Calvados, fruit Brandy, Grappa or Eau de Vie.
There are no geographical restrictions to where brandy can be produced but as the majority is produced from grapes the major production regions are where viniculture was already established. The key producing countries are France and Spain but there are many other countries like Germany, Georgia, Greece, South Africa and USA. There are however, sub categories within Brandy which do have geographical protection along with strict criteria on production. The best known of these areas would be: Cognac Armagnac Brandy de Jerez
Popular brands of brandy include Hennessy, Courvoisier, and Remy Martin
Personalised, engraved, brandy bottle gifts
We're the masters of bottle engraving. We can add your personal message to a wide range of spirit bottles, with image engraving available depending on the bottle style.
We treat all personalised bottles individually, taking our time and experience to set out your message to create the most impactful bottle decoration possible. This may include increase the size of some fonts within the message to pay particular focus on key lines or phrases, spacing message over extra lines and removing unnecessary punctuation.
If you can type it, we can engrave it! When using alternative languages it may be neccessary for us to alter the font to ensure all characters are supported, in these cases we use the closest style font to your original selection.
Unfortunatley we are unable to engrave emoji's or picture characters. Where these are added the character will be removed from your message.
We specially select the fonts we use. Once a bottle has been engraved the cut glass is then infilled with a special decorative silver paste. These fonts ensure we provide the optimum width and depth during the engraving process to creat maximum visibility once infilled.
The fonts we currently use are: Lucida Calligraphy, Lucida Handwriting, Verdana and Segoe Print.