Brandy (from brandywine, derived from Dutch brandewijn'burnt wine') is a spirit produced by distilling wine. Brandy generally contains 3560% alcohol by volume (70120 US proof) and is typically taken as an after-dinner drink. Some brandies are aged in wooden casks, some are coloured with caramel colouring to imitate the effect of aging, and some brandies are produced using a combination of both aging and colouring. Brandy is also produced from fermented fruits other than grapes, but these products are typically named eaux-de-vie, especially in French. In some countries, fruit flavouring or some other flavouring may be added to a spirit that is called 'brandy'.