Brandy is a liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice. Brandy products without a specified source are distillled from grape wine. Introduced to Northern Europe by Dutch traders in the 16th century, the name brandy comes from the Dutch word brandewijn, meaning "burnt wine".
The most common types of brandy are the French Cognac, Armagnac, and Calvados brandies, as well as the Greek Metaxa and the South American Pisco brandy. Spain is also a well-known origin of many popular brandy products.
Fruit brandy is made from fermented fruit mash, normally apples, pears, cherries and other stone-fruits, as well as different types of berries. They are normally clear and colorless.