09.20.2019

What is the difference between brandy and cognac?

    cognac essentials

    Do you know the difference between brandy and cognac?

    Cognac is not the same as brandy, but is a type of brandy and earns its name following very strict production methods.

    Cognac is an amber-coloured alcoholic drink, made in France, in the wine growing regions of Charente and Charente-Maritime surrounding the town of Cognac. It is made from distilling white wine to create eau-de-vie, aging it in oak casks for a minimum of two years and then blending different eaux-de-vie to create a specific flavour.

    The region of Cognac is divided into six zones, called ‘crus’ – Borderies, Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and Bois Ordinaire.

    For more detail on cognac and how it is made at Martell, see our craftsmanship section.

    Please do not share with anyone under 21. Drink responsibly.