Brandy is a liquor manufactured by distilling wine. Brandy usually contains 35–60% alcohol by volume (70–120 US proof) and is usually consumed as an after-dinner digestif. Some brandies are aged in wooden casks. Others are altered with caramel colouring to mimic the effect of aging, and some are manufactured using a blend of both aging and colouring. Kinds of wine brandy can be found across the winemaking world. Among the most legendary are Cognac and Armagnac from southwestern France.
In a larger sense, the term brandy also signifies liquors acquired from the distillation of pomace (producing pomace brandy) or mash or wine of any other fruit (fruit brandy). Such products are also called eau de vie (which translates to “water of life”).