Advice 1: How to distinguish the real Armenian cognac

In accordance with the applicable 1909 French law "cognac" are spirits obtained by distillation of grape wine and, most importantly, made in the Cognac region in France. Other strong drink is brandy, Armagnac, etc. of Armenian brandy in the former Soviet Union called cognac. He, like other elite drinks made according to cognac technology, has distinctive features.
How to distinguish the real Armenian cognac
You will need
  • - a bottle of cognac;
  • glass.
The most popular brands of Armenian brandy "Nairi" (extract 20), "Ararat", "Select" (this is the first-born of Armenian brandies), "Akhtamar", "Noy Vlastelin", "IKE"", "Yubileiniy" and "Holiday". Among the producers of Armenian brandy can be, the Yerevan brandy factory, company Great Valley and Yerevan brandy-wine factory.
All Armenian cognacs are classified as vintage and ordinary. Ordinary include the following spirits: "three-stars" (made with alcohol three years of exposure), "four stars" (extract alcohol not less than four years) and "five stars" (alcohol extracts of five). Vintage Armenian brandy: cognacs aged (KV) from spirits aged 6-7 years aged brandy high quality (KVVK) of alcohol with 8-10 years of aging, the cognac old (KS) using a decade of alcohol, very old cognac (OS) and collection of Armenian cognac.
Make sure that before you do the Armenian cognac, even in the store. The legendary Armenian brandy produced by the Yerevan brandy company, poured into branded bottles dark green color. In this case the glass must be without defects and inclusions.
Please note on the cork: the bottle cap should be gold. It must be a logo of the manufacturer, and over it another transparent logo with protective hologram. Turn the bottle on its bottom must be pressed the inscription "ArArAt".
Look at the top label: it must be stated the name of the cognac and its exposure, and on her indelible paint applied computer nadbavka, which indicates the date of bottling of the beverage and the first three letters of his name.
Move the eyes on the bottom label. It should contain the following information: the words "Armenian cognac", the company logo and the name of the liquor in Russian and Armenian languages. Under the title must indicate the manufacturer - Yerevan brandy factory.
But that's not all: take a look at the back label. It must contain the following information: a legend that linked directly with this brand of Armenian brandy, its name, address of the manufacturer information and also a barcode.
All ordinary Armenian brandy produced by the company Great Valley, bottled in a frosted bottle. Look at the label: it in large letters, should be made the inscription "Armenian cognac", which apply the company's logo – a lion. Please note the back label: it must be specified by the manufacturer (Great Valley), and exclusive provider of the Armenian elite drinks in Russia - TD "rusimport".
To check the authenticity of the offer you of Armenian brandy in the tasting. Pour in a glass of cognac, and slightly inclining the glass, rotate it around the axis. Watch carefully for traces that leaves behind on the walls of glass of this beverage.
If the drink slowly runs down the sides of the bowl leaving a smooth trace, so before you quality Armenian cognac. The footprints left in the glass for five seconds, talking about the fact that cognac 5-8 years of aging. If footprints are visible for 15 seconds – you have purchased a brandy for about 20 years.
The aroma of authentic Armenian brandy is a sophisticated palette, combining the smell of vanilla, almonds and juicy grapes. The taste of this luxury drink is slightly tart, but very soft.
Remember: the legendary Armenian brandy can not be cheap!
Useful advice
Armenian brandy chocolates, coffee, cheese slices and large juicy grapes.

Advice 2 : How to distinguish a good cognac

Cognac is a truly noble drink. To date, however, no one is immune from acquiring much less quality product masquerading as the original. To prevent tampering, the purchase of brandy should be guided by a few basic rules.
How to distinguish a good cognac
To distinguish the real from the fake brandy, pay attention primarily on the price of the drink. A good cognac will never be inexpensive. "Aged cognac" at a low price is the first reason to doubt its quality.
Read the label. First of all, look at her appearance. The label should be carefully, symmetrically glued on the bottle. Swipe it with your fingers (on touch brand label is reminiscent of a money bill). Now read the content label, which should include information on the duration of exposure, brand, manufacturer etc.
Slowly turn the bottle upside down and note how the drain the drink. If the glass visible traces of flowing liquid on it or from the bottom of the bottle drops a thick drop - so, the brandy of sufficient quality. The longer drains the cognac, the older it is.
Note the air bubbles that will crawl up as soon as you turn the bottle with brandy. If at first appear larger and then smaller bubbles, you can not doubt the quality of the drink.
Pour a little brandy into the glass and twist it, so that the liquid is evenly spread on the walls. Then remove excess moisture by shaking the glass, and bring it to his nose. Real brandy includes a surprising variety of odors. Inhaling vapors, you will feel the subtle transitions of successive flavors. The older the cognac, the richer their combination.
Pour the brandy into the glass ("Tulip") and touch your finger to the vessel wall (outer side) is slightly below the level of the drink. Then look at the print through a full glass. If you see a clear footprint, that means your glass of real cognac without impurities.
Useful advice
Tilt the glass and then put it in a vertical position. If the traces do not disappear from the walls for 5 seconds before brandy 5-8 years of aging. If 15 seconds – then the cognac is aged for about 20 years. Traces of cognacs over 50 years of age can stay stay on average for 20 seconds.

Advice 3 : How to make brandy from moonshine

Cognac - this fine drink, highly valued by connoisseurs. It is made from grape alcohol of complex technology, and high-quality product - not cheap. In addition, the unenlightened buyer, it is difficult to choose a good alcohol store. Not surprisingly, among the many folk artists popular recipes homemade brandy. They allow you to achieve a good imitation of a luxury beverage, pleasing bouquet of flavors and aromas.
How to make brandy from moonshine

Cognac with vanilla flavor

To home alcohol it was possible, though a stretch, but to call cognac, is also extremely important to clean the brew, remove the odor of fusel oil. This can be done with the help of baking soda: add 2 teaspoons to 1 liter of liquid, mix well and leave for a day. In the process of cleaning 1 time shake the moonshine. When a precipitate will fall to the bottom, pour top, transparent layer of the drink.
If the homemade alcoholic drink to replace moonshine with vodka, brandy to clear the Foundation is not required. In any case, the alcohol must be strong – at least 45%.

To give the alcohol a characteristic cognac brown some add a tea, coffee or other supplements. Excellent homemade drink you can insist on a dried internal partitions walnuts – a handful cleaned in three-liter jar of moonshine. Put into the liquid of the partition, a tablespoon of large-leaf black tea and season tablespoon of vanilla sugar, the same quantity of cumin and cloves 5-6 buds.

Throw in a container of alcohol a pinch of citric acid and close the bowl with nylon cover. Insist homemade brandy at room temperature, away from direct sunlight from two weeks to a month, until it reaches a rich color and taste. Before use, the drink carefully filter it through white flannel or gauze.
You can buy at the drug store potassium permanganate, this is a great cleanser of vodka. You need to put 2 g in 3 liters of drink and wait for sedimentation. To speed up the process Bank you 15 minutes to hold in a water bath.

Cognac on oak bark

Real brandy is aged in oak barrels for at least two years, giving this "elite alcohol" characteristic bouquet. Not by chance experienced homegrown winemakers prefer to use for home infusion drink oak bark – it turns out a very good imitation of the popular product. For this recipe of brandy supply your oak bark. It is easiest to buy it at the drugstore, but you can make your own at home: cut from young oak seedlings, to break into small chips and dried.

Fill a glass jar with oak bark, leaving the dishes free about a third. Cleaned pour strong brew and sweeten with a soup spoon of sugar (optionally, you can add 2 tablets of glucose, powdered). Insist drink at least a month in a dark room, away from drafts. After aging the brandy is very good filter.

If desired, you can vary this recipe by making a spicy drink. According to your taste to oak bark, add cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, Bay leaf, wild rose. Any home drink is unique, so when it is cooking don't be afraid to experiment.

Advice 4 : Some cognac to give a man head

Traditionally a good gift for the man-head in the festival is the cognac. But the choice of drinks should be approached carefully, so as not to spoil the impression of the gift.
Some cognac to give a man head

What to look for when choosing cognac

To start I would like to note that on the market of alcoholic beverages a huge variety of counterfeits, which are at first glance difficult to see. But the connoisseur will feel fake drink, and you will put yourself in an awkward situation. Therefore, choosing alcoholic beverages, try to avoid questionable stores.

Many believe that the more expensive the cognac, the better, but in fact it is not. There are so many cheap brandies, which are famous for great taste.
The most expensive cognac in the world - Henri IV, Cognac Grande Champagne. The price for a bottle of about two million dollars. Cognac has hundreds of years of exposure, sold in bottles decorated with diamonds and gold.

For example, a well-known firm offers of Metaxa brandy of excellent quality and in any price range. Also a great drinks offer Сourvoisier, Camus and Blades. Many connoisseurs say Armenian cognacs, for example, Samkon, which can also be used as a gift.

Male heads most often versed in brandy production, but it happens and Vice versa. If you know for sure that your head belongs to the second type of heads, choose an inexpensive brandy, as if you buy a very expensive collector's bottle a reputable brand – not the fact that the chief will appreciate this gift. Rely only on taste, then you won't have to waste money and to please his superiors.

What else do you need for a good gift

Any gift would be nicer if it is properly Packed. Gift packaging is an essential attribute of any gift, and especially brandy for the bosses. Take the packaging and bottle selection very seriously, as we know, meet on clothes.

Many people know that opposers of brandy often re-given a gift, and your bottle can be remembered solely in appearance. If a holiday General February 23, New year and such – most likely, when you come to choose the cognac in the store, he will be in a gift box or offer it to pack right in front of you.

It is also worth thinking about related products. If your boss smokes, a set of good cigars would be a great addition to cognac. Cognac glasses suitable as gifts for non-Smoking men.
Traditionally the brandy presented with a tile quality dark chocolate.

You can even give chocolates and fruit and other snacks – but that's only if you plan together with the command to drink that bottle.

The basic rules of good gift

To summarize everything said above, get a small set of rules for the choice of cognac:

cognac must be of good quality, bought in the checked location;

good brandy – not necessarily expensive;

- if the boss is well versed in brandy production – brandy have to be expensive, if it's bad, cheap and tasty;

an important attribute of a gift – packaging;

- don't forget about related products.
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