BRANDY - Essentials in Cocktails & Bartending
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BRANDY - Essentials in Cocktails & Bartending

- STYLES, BRANDS, FLAVORS & MORE!
4.6 (5 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
786 students enrolled
Created by Carlos Batista
Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • In-depth knowledge of all types of Brandy
  • Flavors & Aromas
  • Different styles of Brandy
  • Gain the ability to pair Brandy with food
  • Production
  • How to read a Cognac, Armagnac or any Brandy label
  • Popular Brandy Brands
  • Origins
  • Age Statements
Requirements
  • No existing Brandy or alcohol knowledge is required
  • All individuals wishing to drink alcohol must be of legal age where they reside. This course does not condone underage drinking in any capacity
  • This course is designed for those want to learn more about Brandy & how to better serve, select & enjoy it
  • Students are encouraged to sample Brandy throughout this course, but no specialist equipment is required beyond some Brandy to enjoy
Description

​"The difference between Cognac and Armagnac? Imagine a length of velvet and another of a silk fabric. Stroke them. The velvet has a deep, rich texture. That is an Armagnac. The silk is pure finesse, and that, to me, is a Cognac "

- Salvatore Calabrese

Brandy in simpler terms is a liquor that is distilled from wine made from fruit, usually grapes. But can also be distilled from the wine of other fruits like pears or apples. Multiple types of brandy that exist; & even if you know nothing about brandy, you've probably heard of the most famous one of all; Cognac! Cognac is a Brandy that is made from specific grapes produced only in the Cognac region of France.

All Cognacs are Brandy but not all Brandies are Cognac...

This course reviews the legal standards of Brandy Cognac & Armagnac, and other brandies, accompanied by their history, production methods, terminology, flavor profiles, popular brands and how to pair them with various foods.

Whether enjoying this course personally for pure enjoyment, or in the hospitality industry and you need further understanding for career purposes; we’ll explain all about Brandy, clearly & concisely. No more guessing.

This course will bring any novice to an expert, in an amazingly short amount of time.

WARNING: THIS COURSE GETS TECHNICAL AT TIMES! I have tried to be as detailed as possible. Some reviews have stated the course is too technical at times, but I think better to give too much info than not enough.

This course reviews:

  • In-depth knowledge of all types of Brandy

  • Flavors & Aromas

  • Different styles of Brandy - Grape, Fruit, Marc

  • Grape Brandies - Cognac, Armagnac, Brandy de Jerez, American

  • Pomace Brandies - Grappa & Marc

  • Fruit Brandies - Calvados, Applejack & more

  • Pairing Brandy with food

  • Serving Brandy

  • Production

  • Age Statements

  • How to read a Cognac, Armagnac & Brandy de Jerez label

  • Legal Standards

  • And for full rounded education, the history of Brandy

* Bonus lecture - Proper Glassware selection for Wine, Spirits, Cocktails & Beer!

Brandy truly is one of the finest things in the world, be it Cognac, Armagnac, fruit or Marc/Grappa brandy. It's not reserved for the stereotypical rich, so no matter who you are, sit back, relax and pour yourself a snifter now.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone interested in Brandy
  • Mixologists, Bartenders, Servers & those in the hospitality industry that serve Brandy
  • Current Brandy drinkers wanting advanced knowledge for better selection & enjoyment
  • Novice alcohol drinkers, wanting to earn more about this very popular spirit
Course content
Expand all 20 lectures 01:20:39
+ Introduction
2 lectures 02:04

This course reviews the legal standards of Brandy Cognac & Armagnac, and other brandies, accompanied by their history, production methods, terminology, flavor profiles, popular brands and how to pair them with various foods or other spirits.

Whether enjoying this course personally for pure enjoyment, or in the hospitality industry and you need further understanding for career purposes; we’ll explain all about Brandy, clearly & concisely. No more guessing.

Class is in session. Drink up!


Preview 01:43

There's more to Brandy than just grapes. Here you'll learn about the main types of Brandy.

THE 3 MAIN TYPES of BRANDY
00:21
+ GRAPE BRANDY TYPES - COGNAC, ARMAGNAC & MORE
5 lectures 18:17

The most popular and famous types of Brandy or made from grapes. Here you'll learn what they are.

GRAPE BRANDY TYPES
04:29

The most famous of all grape Brandies. What makes it so special? France, it's grapes and rules to make it...

COGNAC
06:06

The lesser known brother of Cognac, but some say it may be even better. Just maybe not as good of marketing company helping you hear about it.

ARMAGNAC
03:43

The exciting Brandy from Spain. Just as special and delicious as it's French cousins.

BRANDY DE JEREZ
02:56

Lesser known to some, the United States has been making Brandy for a very long time. It just doesn't get the same respect as it's distant cousins across the ocean.

AMERICAN BRANDY
01:03
+ POMACE BRANDY TYPES - GRAPPA & MARC
3 lectures 06:27

English and French call this brandy Marc while Italians call it Grappa. It is made by fermenting and distilling grape skins, seeds, and stems that remain after grapes have been pressed to extract their juices in wine-making. In comparison to grape brandy, Pomace brandy carries a stronger fruit aroma because it is not aged in wooden casks.

POMACE BRANDY
02:14

Grappa is a unique distillate, being obtained from the distillation of a solid raw material: the vinaccia (marc), aka pomace; the skins, seeds and stems left over from winemaking, but in Italy!

GRAPPA
03:30
POMACE or MARC? WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
00:43
+ FRUIT BRANDY TYPES - CALVADOS, APPLEJACK & MORE
1 lecture 01:37

Fruit brandy is a generic term for strong spirits, distilled from fermented fruit juice or crushed fruits, other than grapes. These fruits can be apples, apricots, plums, peaches, cherries and any type of berry. This brandy is usually bottled at 40-45% ABV (80 to 90 U.S. proof). Fruit brandy, however, should not be confused with fruit-flavored brandies which are cheaper and quite sweet. In general, fruit brandy is colorless. Some popular fruit brandies are listed below.

FRUIT BRANDY
01:37
+ FLAVORS & AROMAS
1 lecture 01:34

There are three types of presentation styles for Brandy. Since there are so many different fermentation sources for it, the flavor profiles vary widely. Overall they fall into these three categories. Here we'll learn a bit more about it.

FLAVORS & AROMAS
01:34
+ SERVING BRANDY
3 lectures 14:16

Is there a special way to serve Brandy versus other alcohols? Yes, here we explain them.

SERVING BRANDY
03:46

Three Stars? VS? VSOP? What does this all mean? Its a short way to explain what's in the bottle. Here you'll learn what they are to read any Brandy label. Hint* More aging, is more expensive, but also yields a better product.

HOW TO READ A COGNAC, ARMAGNAC & BRANDY DE JEREZ LABEL
05:45

Brandy has some interesting flavor nuances that pair well with some foods. Here we'll give some recommendations.

HOW TO PAIR BRANDY
04:45
+ PRODUCTION
2 lectures 07:18

Cook some fermented fruit wine, catch the steam and then you have Brandy! Well..., it's not as simple as that, but essentially that's what you do to get Brandy!

PRODUCTION METHODS
06:17

Learn about the unique aging methods that Brandy undergoes. Not just mixing and blending; new and old Brandies. With this aging method, some Brandies you are drinking today can be a hundred years old or older!

BRANDY AGING - SOLERA
01:01
+ ORIGINS & STANDARDS
2 lectures 13:43

For those that are interested, here's an overview of Brandy's history how it evolved and became the spirit we know and love today. The spirit goes back to the 12th or 13th century and maybe even longer.

ORIGINS & HISTORY
03:52

All the boring stuff, legally defining it in Europe and the United States. In case your interested.

LEGAL STANDARDS
09:50
+ Additional Content
1 lecture 15:22

Most people don't know that the taste of their favorite beverage can be affected the size and shape of the glass they are drinking out of. Quality wine glassware is thin with a tapered rim, instead of being rolled to a thick edge. Beer and spirits glassware tend to be thicker, but quality can be detected in the thickness and shape.

With so many types, ever wonder which one is the correct one for which beverage?! Well, now you’ll know. Here we’ll review some recommendations for the proper glassware for different types Beer, Wine & Spirits/Cocktails.

Class is in session. Drink Up!

Preview 15:22