Eau de vie

 

French for water of life, eau de vie, European schnaps and Singani are the epitome of spirits making, the process whereby the "spirit" of a substance is captured in a bottle.

Many liquors suffer extreme distillation to remove impurities, and thereby end up somewhat flat, the spirit haven been largely beaten out of them.  Others are not distilled to death but are instead aged to replace the original taste of the spirit with new, woody tastes.

Eaux de vie, of which Singani is an example, are carefully distilled to capture the essence or spirit of nature while at the same time fastidiously removing impurities the hard way.

An eau de vie or a Singani does not have to be turned into purified ethanol to be good.  Neither do they need to be aged to be good.  Like good things everywhere, their original spirit is good enough as it is.