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Eaux de Vie

We tend to define eau de vie as the spirit of Alsace, a water clear spirit obtained directly after distillation of the wine or fruits of the region. Various fruit are added to the wine before distillation and the resulting mixture is sold as a clear fruit flavoured spirit. Most of these eaux de vie are produced in the Alsace region of France and can be very strong with an abv in excess of 70%. They are not aged in oak since this would give them a colour. In some cases they have macerated fruits added which produce a sweet liqueur flavour. The added fruit provides a much lower alcoholic strength and a distinctive and usually quite powerful flavour. Those available at Brandyclassics are mainly the wine or fruit distillates or the liqueur eaux de vie incorporating macerated fruits. Eaux de vie are made with an amazing variety of fruits and plants from cherries to prunes to tea.

Eaux de vie is also probably the most used term in the cognac industry since it covers the transformation of the wine to a brandy. Cognacs are double distilled. The first distillation will transform the wine to a cloudy liquid (known as brouillis) with a strength of around 27-30 % abv. The second distillation transforms the brouillis into a water clear and very strong (67-72 % abv) spirit we call eau de vie. Aged in oak casks for many years, the eau de vie gradually mellows and changes colour as its chemicals (tannins, lignins and hemi-cellulose) come into contact with the wood. Transforming eau de vie into good cognac is a very slow process and can take many decades. Most, however, is diluted and sold as young cognac with sugar syrup and caramel added to hide its fiery nature.

So do be careful not to confuse the two uses of the term eau(x) de vie.  Our selection of eaux de vie products follows:

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  1. Meyer - Spiritueuse de Thé
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    Tea flavoured eau de vie, water clear spirit, lightly flavoured.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful clear spirit with a hint of green tea.
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    Excl. VAT: £30.25 Incl. VAT: £36.30

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    Tea flavoured eau de vie, water clear spirit, lightly flavoured.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful clear spirit with a hint of green tea.
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  2. Paul Devoille - Reserve Eau de Vie de Marc d'Alsace Gewürztraminer
    The traditional French eau de vie distilled from the lees of the grapes used in Burgundy. It is a fiery water clear spirit usually served cold.
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    Flavour: Powerful clear French brandy.
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    Excl. VAT: £34.47 Incl. VAT: £41.36

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    The traditional French eau de vie distilled from the lees of the grapes used in Burgundy. It is a fiery water clear spirit usually served cold.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful clear French brandy.
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  3. Paul Devoille - Reserve Eau de Vie de Poire William
    Pear william eau de vie. Perhaps one of the more famous eaux de vie and is often used in cocktail mixes
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful clear spirit with a hint of pear.
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    Excl. VAT: £36.15 Incl. VAT: £43.38

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    Pear william eau de vie. Perhaps one of the more famous eaux de vie and is often used in cocktail mixes
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    Flavour: Powerful clear spirit with a hint of pear.
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  4. Paul Devoille - Eau de Cerises - Kirsch
    Cherry eau de vie. This is sometimes mixed with various wines or added to fruit for flavour
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    Flavour: Powerful clear spirit with a hint of cherry.
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    Excl. VAT: £36.30 Incl. VAT: £43.56

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    Cherry eau de vie. This is sometimes mixed with various wines or added to fruit for flavour
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful clear spirit with a hint of cherry.
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  5. Nusbaumer Mirabelle

    Concours Général Agricole Paris 2010 - Gold Medal

    Plum eau de vie. Young plums that are used to create flavour, often used by chefs for culinary desserts
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    Flavour: Powerful clear spirit with hint of plum
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    Excl. VAT: £36.85 Incl. VAT: £44.22

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    Concours Général Agricole Paris 2010 - Gold Medal

    Plum eau de vie. Young plums that are used to create flavour, often used by chefs for culinary desserts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful clear spirit with hint of plum
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  6. Paul Devoille - Reserve Eau de Vie de Cerises - Kirsch
    Cherry eau de vie. Water clear with a hint of Cherries. Drink it cold undiluted
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful clear spirit with a hint of cherry.
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    Excl. VAT: £36.89 Incl. VAT: £44.27

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    Cherry eau de vie. Water clear with a hint of Cherries. Drink it cold undiluted
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    Flavour: Powerful clear spirit with a hint of cherry.
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  7. Nusbaumer - Vielle Prune
    Prune brandy. This is sweeter than other prune brandies being made from the dried prunes.
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    Flavour: Prune brandy with a flavour of sweet prunes.
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    Excl. VAT: £37.02 Incl. VAT: £44.42

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    Prune brandy. This is sweeter than other prune brandies being made from the dried prunes.
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    Flavour: Prune brandy with a flavour of sweet prunes.
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