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Long overshadowed by bourbon, American brandy is claiming its place at the cocktail bar
AFTER YEARS of watching bourbon sales soar, American brandy distillers are ready to get in on the action. The first step: education.
Brandy encompasses a whole range of spirits: Cognacs and Armagnacs, distilled from (grape) wine; Calvados and other apple brandies, made from cider; and fruit brandies derived from berries and tree fruits. The most sought-after brandies are barrel-aged, yielding a liquor as brown and aromatic as any bourbon.