Armenian Brandy (cognac)
Armenian brandy – a well-known drink to all of us, respected around the world. Industrial production of cognac began in 1887. The merchant Nerses Tairyan built the first winery in Yerevan. 12 years later it was bought by a Russian merchant Nikolai Shustovfrom Moscow. A few years later Shustov cognac became popular not only in Russia but also abroad. In 1900 Shustov incognito sent samples of brandy to an exhibition in Paris. The Jury unanimously awarded the Grand Prix to the unknown winemaker. Learning that the birthplace of the drink was Armenia, the French allowed Shustov (as an exception) to write on the bottles the word “cognac” instead of “brandy” as all foreign manufacturers of such products were instructed to do.
Russian Emperor Nicholas II, who tried Shustov’s brandy at a testing competition in 1912, gave him the right to be the main supplier of this drink at Russian imperial court.
We also know that cognac was Winston Churchill’s favorite alcoholic drink. Every day he drank a bottle of 50-degree Armenian brandy Dvin.