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Cognac is a type of brandy named for the town of Cognac in France. Similar to how bourbon must be produced in Kentucky, or Tequila in Mexico, Cognac must be produced in a certain region in France to be considered Cognac.
Cognac undergoes a special distillation process, being distilled twice in copper pots, and is then sealed in French oak barrels for two years.
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Brands and Variations of Cognac
A brand of cognac made originally made by the Courvoisier company in Jarnac, France, since 1835. Courvoisier is made exclusively with Ugni Blanc grapes, and is double distilled in small batches in copper stills. It is aged in special barrels made from French limousin oak trees, cultivated from state forests when they are between 100 and 200 years old, and the casks are made on site. Everything is directed by a Master Blender.
A luxury brand of cognac made by Jas Hennessy & Co., it is the most popular cognac in the world, reportedly making up 40% of the world's sales.
Martell Cordon Bleu
A premium cognac that utilizes a clear brandy distilled from grapes from the Borderies region of Cognac.