The word "spirits" comes from the Latin "spiritus", meaning "soul" or simply "spirit". In fact, back in the Middle Ages, people thought that the distillation of wine meant you were able to separate the actual soul of an alcoholic beverage from the rest of its components. This liquid quintessence was seen as holy and was thought to have many properties, which is why they named it "aqua vitae" (or "water of life").
Nowadays, spirits have become a huge family, containing more than 50 different appellations, from armagnac to whisky, and even cognac. The latter being precisely what Pleasure Wine has decided to put under the spotlight here, in its catalogue of prestigious spirits.