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…
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My guide to Calvados, with my top-20 bottle picks, and my annual holiday plea to splurge a bit on the best apple brandy.
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My bottle picks at all price points, as well as some favorite cocktails.
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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.
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Your reminder that, around here, we love Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados and all the other brandies.
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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…
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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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