Armenian Brandy

Brandy's big business in Armenia. After all, they've been purportedly distilling Wine to make their Brandy since the 12th century.

The drink of Russian czars, Armenian Brandy is made from grapes that are then double-distilled in oak casks—much like its Cognac cousin.

But don't call it a Cognac, lest your raise the ire of the appellation d'origine.

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After sneaking into the 1900 International Exhibition in Paris as a Cognac, Shustov & Son's Armenian Brandy won a blind tasting and the Grand Prix. They were then granted the right to legally call their product Cognac, even though it had not been produced in the Cognac region. Cheers to a proper hoodwinking!