About Marcs, Fines and Fruit Spirits (Eau de Vie)

Eau de Vie is a generic term to described pure fruit distillates: pear william, abricot, cherry or raspberry are all popular fruit spirits. Much rarer Great mullein, Meadowsweet or Sweet-scented Bedstraw are also made available here in Australia. “Fine” (Brandy) describes a wine distillate which is not from Cognac, nor Armagnac, but from Champagne, Burgundy, Languedoc, Cotes du Rhone etc. Marc is the French equivalent of the Italian Grappa, a distillation of the leftovers from…

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