Brandy is a fortified alcoholic beverage prepared from fermented fruit juice or distilled wine. Although brandy is made from wine, it is aged in oak barrels to raise the alcohol concentration and give it a distinct color. This type of liquor often contains 30-60% alcohol by volume, which can be highly potent when consumed in large quantities. The term derives from the Dutch word ‘brandewijn,’ which refers to a wine that has been further distilled to boost its alcohol content.
Brandy is also known by the names Applejack, Armagnac, and Cognac.