Starting with the selection of fresh grapes from vines to taking the first sip of foraged fruit, brandy is a fine creation of fermented berries or other fruits. The name originates from the Dutch term brandewijn which denotes burned wine, a reference to its distillation with heat. The haul from fruit fermentation to bottling strength varies with styles and standards. Brandy has the right notes of liquor punch and the oaky undertones of whiskey, blended to a silky smooth texture. With various brandy types, the labels take names to where it all began. The production method contributes to the making of the drink as well.

Cognac, Armagnac, Applejack, Pisco, Grappa, Brandy de Jerez, Kirschwasser and Calvados are some of the most premium sorts in the category, which signifies the importance of the main berry or fruit content, the fermenting process, the distilling techniques or the locations of distilleries.