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Classic Brandy (Classic drink series) [Hardcover]

Nicholas Faith
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Book Description

18 April 2000 Classic drink series
This title in Prion's series on classic drinks brings the reader into the world of Cognac and Armagnac, grappa, marc and all other brandies made from grapes. First of all comes Cognac, maker of the finest brandies in the world, an area replete with brands such as Martell, Courvoisier, Remy Martin and Hennessy. What is the secret of Cognac's unique prestige, what are its techniques, its major markets, its oldest and most renowned examples? Armagnac has great numbers of admirers though its brands are not as famous as Cognac's. Spain has several famous brandies such as Fundador and Lepanto while Germany, Italy, Cyprus, America, Australia, Israel, South Africa and many other countries have substantial brandy industries with many devoted drinkers round the world. French marc and the increasingly fashionable Italian grappas are also tasted and discussed.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd (18 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853753335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853753336
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 12.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,008,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough on European brandies 11 Mar 2003
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Format:Hardcover
A nice, small, compact hardcover book, well illustrated and laid out.
The book starts with how brandy is made, how it is distilled, the history of brandy making and some interesting background. It then goes on to cover different brandies from around the world.
Not surprisingly the bulk of it is French, 94 pages on different French brandies. This is of course to be expected as French brandies are the best known and, for some people, the only "true cognac". I don't know much about French brandies so I can only assume that, in 94 pages, they must have covered the main ones!
Then there are 24 pages on Spanish brandies and 28 pages on Italian brandies. I knew there are some good Spanish brandies but I didn't realise there were so many respected brandies from Italy so that was an eye opener.
There was then 55 pages about brandies from around the world. It was certainly educational to discover that there are some reasonable brandies from California, Chile, Israel, South Africa (and I look forward to trying some of these).
However there were some others that were barely touched on, particularly brandies made in the former Soviet Union.
Although there were sixteen pages for California, five pages for Germany, five for Israel, seven for South Africa, there was barely two for Cyprus or Portugal.
Armenia, which has been making excellent brandies for over a century, generally acknowledged as the best in the Soviet Union, good enough to be (according to legend) Winston Churchill's favourite, gets barely one and half pages. Georgia gets two pages. Kazakhstan (which makes a find brandy called Zhenis), Kyrgyzstan and Russia are not even mentioned. A real shame that there is such an imbalance.
Otherwise I found the book interesting and educational and has certainly served to whet my appetite for trying brandies from some other places!
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