About Fruit Brandy
The term Eau de Vie (plural Eaux de Vie) is a French term meaning water of life'. (The names of many spirit categories are derivative of water, or water of life, such as whisky, akvavit , vodka.) An Eau de Vie is a dry fruit brandy. Distilled to be clear, Eaux de Vie are usually not aged, meaning they have no colour. Although the term is a French one, and there are many French Eaux de Vie (often sold in clear Alsatian style bottles), many countries have their own Eaux de Vie, given a national name, that fall into this category, for example, schnapps from Germany, palinka from Hungary, coconut arrack from Sri Lanka, rakia from the Balkan states, slivovitz from central Europe. Eaux de Vie are made by harvesting ripe fruit, fermenting the fruit and then double distilled. The alcohol is usually bottled around 40%vol. If distilled from pomace (the stems and stalks of grapes) it is often called Pomace brandy or Eau de Marc.