- How to choose a good quality brandy. Ways to recognize a fake cognac
How to choose a good quality brandy. Ways to recognize a fake cognac
It's a shame when instead of the delicious drink to alcohol-containing drink of dubious quality. To guard against falsification, and how to choose brandy.
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Where to buy
Market and small food shops are unlikely to buy high-quality alcoholic product. The brandies sold in them are usually either fake, or a single manufactured from imported cheaper varieties of alcohol. This product will not tease your sense of smell the bouquet of aromas, the most that he is able to have found the fortress to be more or less pleasant to the taste.
Large supermarkets and specialized wine stores value their reputation, and therefore to contact the suppliers of alcoholic beverages of questionable quality simply will not.
In addition, such retail establishments you demand with a quality certificate for your chosen brandy.
It should be understood that a good cognac cannot be cheap. Cheap brandy are quality drinks from young varieties of alcohol with a maximum shutter speed of one to two years. But we're not looking for it, isn't it?
At the same time, the price does not guarantee that a positioned of alcoholic beverage really is a good aged cognac. This is why further and will talk about how to tell an exquisite vintage brandy from the fake.
Very carefully study the label on the bottle. It needs to be made of quality paper with a picture and text printed on professional printing equipment, and pasted — straight, without bends and offsets. The presence of traces of glue on the front side of the label is unacceptable.
A traffic jam of bottles of a good vintage of brandy, usually made from pressed wood chips or from a single piece of wood. It should fit snugly to the bottle and securely.
The bottle itself needs to be non-standard, with brand embossed design surface. Valuing reputation as a producer of alcoholic beverages certainly cares about the originality of their products, manufacturers of counterfeit products to manufacture or fake bottles for cognac is simply not economically feasible, so embossed on the bottle greatly guarantee the authenticity of the alcoholic beverage contained therein.
Many are advised to draw attention to the presence of excise stamps. Alas, it is not a guarantee of quality or authenticity, but merely indicates the presence of the producer (legal or clandestine) of excise stamps. Both original and fake.
the Density of the drink
In the case that the cognac inside upturned bottles quite easily and quickly stack on its walls, a brandy is unlikely to be qualitative and consistent. Good, with a long exposure, aristocratic drink should be slightly thick and stringy, so from the bottom of the bottle should fall at least one heavy drop.
There is no much sense to spread that the liquid in the bottle should be transparent, without the slightest hint of sediment or turbidity.
To fully verify the authenticity of the purchased cognac can only uncorked the bottle. In the snifter (brandy glass) need to drip 2-3 drops of the strong drink and in a circular motion roll it on the walls of glass. The alcohol remains from the bottom of the snifter should be shaken off, put the glass on the table before him and begin to inhale the scents emanating from him.
Gradually, one after another, will appear aromas of oak, followed by tobacco and dried fruit. They come chocolate, followed by hints of vanilla. If it happened, congratulations – you've gained a good aged cognac. The presence of one smell of alcohol will unmistakably indicate that the product is purchased by you, is an ordinary alcoholic drink.
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