What is the difference between brandy and cognac?
Cognac is a type of brandy. In order to be called cognac, it must comply with rigorous production methods strictly defined by the French regulations governing this Appellation d' Origine Contrôlée.
A cognac must come from certain grapes, the most famous being Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche. It must be subjected to double distillation in copper stills and then aged in French oak barrels for at least two years.
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