Brandy Advocate

Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, and the wide world of eaux de vie

My guide to Armagnac, with my top-10 bottle picks, and my annual plea to splurge on fine Armagnac. You'll wish you did when the bourbon bros drive up…
My guide to Calvados, with my top-20 bottle picks, and my annual holiday plea to splurge a bit on the best apple brandy.
My bottle picks at all price points, as well as some favorite cocktails.
Chasing the Unicorn BarrelWatch now (58 sec) | Cognac's big-brand bling is old and tired. The real energy, and value, lies in the region's smaller artisan producers.
Your reminder that, around here, we love Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados and all the other brandies.
The perception of sweet and cheap—not to mention all those cardinals and conquistadors—isn't exactly a recipe for success in 2022. Is there hope for…
As a taster, I finally decided to put my money where my mouth is. The journey toward selecting my very own barrel in the cellars of Armagnac. One you…
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