But what is eau de vie?
Eau de vie is typically colourless fruit brandy. The fruit is first fermented and then distilled. It can be made from grapes, or many other types of fruit.
Originating in France, variations can be found all over Europe. In Germany, it’s called Schnapps, in Italy where pomace is used, it’s called Grappa, and in central Europe Slivovitz is made from damsons.
After distillation, eau de vie is not typically aged in oak barrels (hence the clear liquid), although some distillers may choose to.
There’s a huge variance in quality with eau de vie, which like with other fruit based spirits will be determined by quality of raw product, distillation technique, and then ageing style.