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DISTILLING

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Cognac starts life as a ´thin, almost undrinkable white wine´, made from certain grape varieties from vineyards in the Cognac Region.  Although the wine is no good for drinking, it´s perfect for distillation - a process which must be done twice to produce a beautifully smooth spirit.

The distillation itself takes place in a traditional copper still called an alembic. Distilling the spirit is a labour of love, with the distiller usually spending days at a time tending to the process, sleeping next to the still.

The end result is a fiery spirit called eau-de-vie, ready for the next stage.

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