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History Of Cognac: Dutch Merchants Imported Charente “Brandy” In 16th Century As It Was “Concentrated”, Reducing Volume, And When Mixed With Water Produced “Brandywine” For Sailors

In the 17th century, the Dutch acquired a habit of importing the Charente vineyard’s products in the form of brandy, which meant a reduced cargo volume and was thus cheaper to transport.

Once mixed with water, this product recieved the name of “Brandywine”.

(From a CognacToYou.com article)   Wine was then indispensable to provide daily drinking needs for the sailors, who were making long sea voyages and who couldn’t keep their drinking water for very long. During the second half of the 16th century, many Dutch ships came to the Charente to look for the famous “Champagne” and “Borderies” vintages.

In the 17th century, the Dutch acquired a habit of importing the Charente vineyard’s products in the form of brandy, which meant a reduced cargo volume and was thus cheaper to transport. Once mixed with water, this product recieved the name of “Brandywine”. It was also noticed that this brandy, traditionally kept in cask, improved with age and could be drank dry.

That’s how the “cognac” was born.

For more click: http://www.cognactoyou.com/Hist-uk.html

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This entry was posted on May 16, 2010 by in Cognacs, History and tagged , , , .
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