Cognac is a type of brandy that is made in the Cognac region of France. It is produced by distilling wine made from specific grape varieties, and then aging the spirit in oak barrels for a minimum of two years. Cognac is known for its rich, complex flavor, with notes of fruit, vanilla, and oak. It is typically enjoyed neat or on the rocks, and is often considered a sipping spirit. To be labeled as cognac, the brandy must meet strict production regulations and standards set by the French government, which include regulations regarding the type of grapes used, the distillation process, and the aging requirements. Unlike cognac, Armagnac is typically distilled only once, giving it a stronger, more robust flavor profile. It is known for its rich, complex taste, with notes of fruit, wood, and spices.