Brandy is a spirit distilled from fermented wine grapes, then aged in oak to add color, aromas and flavors, while smoothing out the alcohol that results from fermentation. Hailing from what the Dutch call brandewijn, or "burnt wine," the word brandy is a nod to the centuries-old technique of heating wine during distillation.
At E&J, we believe that the best brandy can only be made from the best wine, so we choose our grapes carefully, making sure they'll add a smooth texture and refined flavors to our brandy as it ages.
Distillation is believed to have originated with the ancient alchemists in China, though the Arabic culture is credited with developing a crude alembic still in the 5th century. To this day, we use the same type of still at our brandy distillery, where we've handcrafted E&J Brandy for more than 30 years.