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According to EU spirits legislation, brandy is a spirit drink produced from eau-de-vie with or without the addition of wine distillate distilled at less than 94.8% vol, provided that this distillate accounts for no more than 50% of the alcohol content of the finished product. The term brandy was first used by the German brandy manufacturer Hugo Johann Asbach (1868-1935) in 1896, who called his product cognac brandy (however, the use of the term cognac was banned outside France from 1919). The term brandy is actually an exception by definition, as brandy is otherwise only used to describe distillation products that are distilled from mash, such as grape brandy or fruit brandies (raspberry, cherry, apricot, etc.). However, unlike brandy, this is not matured in oak barrels and is therefore also known as clear wine brand y due to its light colour.

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