What’s the dif­fer­ence?

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The word ‘brandy’ comes from the Dutch term bran­dewijn (burnt wine), which de­scribes the man­u­fac­tur­ing process in­volv­ing heat­ing wine, ex­tract­ing al­co­hol and age­ing.

All Cog­nacs are brandy, but not all brandies are Co­gnac. Some award-win­ning South African brandies are made in the Co­gnac style, but they may not be called Co­gnac be­cause the term is ge­o­graph­i­cally de­lim­ited and refers only to brandy dis­tilled in and shipped from the area sur­round­ing the town of Co­gnac in France.

To carry the name Co­gnac, it must also be made with legally spec­i­fied grapes, be twice dis­tilled in cop­per pots and aged in French oak casks for a

min­i­mum of two years.

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