Brandewyn (Brandy) probably discovered by sneaky sailors

brandyIn Wired’s list of the top 10 accidental discoveries:7. BrandyMedieval wine merchants used to boil the H20 out of wine so their delicate cargo would keep better and take up less space at sea. Before long, some intrepid soul – our money’s on a sailor – decided to bypass the reconstitution stage, and brandy was born. Pass the Courvoisier!Ahhh yes, it seems brandewyn (brande=burning wyn=wine) en coke, the staple diet of every Afrikaaner from Benoni to Bellville, has roots that go way back past the voortrekkers even.Link

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