Grappa is a fine spirit with a proud history and sweet, delectable taste. Distilled from the pomace left over after the winemaking process is complete, it’s a fragrant and tasty treat. But exactly how strong is grappa?

Grappa is typically between 35% and 60% alcohol (70 to 120 proof in the US).

Is Grappa The Strongest Spirit You Can Get?

Grappa has developed something of a reputation for being the strongest spirit out there. We’re almost sorry to bust the bad-ass reputation, but it’s simply not true.

Everclear, now that’s a strong spirit (95%). Say what you will about Texas but they know how to distil liquor. Lethal stuff, Everclear is illegal in a lot of states, and fully deserving of its status as distilled acid.

Grappa is considerably less corrosive and infinitely tastier. Indeed, its reputation as an extremely strong spirit isn’t deserved. Many varieties of grappa are marketed at 35-45%, which is the same range as a lot of other popular spirits like vodka, rum and tequila.

The Strength of Geographic Pedigree…

Certain types of grappa, such as Lombardia, Alto Adige, Friuli, Trentino, Veneto and Piemonte, are entitled to claim geographic pedigrees. These forms of grappa tend to be slightly stronger, as they are required to have a minimum 40% vol of alcohol in order to claim their coveted designations. Some are as strong as 60% vol.

The Curative Spirit…

While by no means the strongest spirit on the market, grappa does have the potential to be markedly stronger than other spirits. Whether you see this as a positive or negative attribute depends on how stiff you like your drinks, but the added strength is the reason Italians have been drinking grappa with such gusto since the eighth century. Grappa has been used as a cure-all for coughs, colds, sore throats and even flu for centuries.

How strong is grappa? Strong enough to cure what ails you…

The Perfect Post-Dinner Kick…

If you’re well and truly stuffed after dinner, grappa’s most famous curative feature is its ability to soothe a full stomach. Commonly used as a digestif (or digestivo, as the Italians would say) after dinner, grappa is a great alternative to Cognac and is very beneficial when enjoyed following food.

How Strong is Dappa?

The precise strength of Devon Distilleries very own English answer to grappa depends on the vintage. Both our 2013 and 2014 vintages are 43% ABV, while the 2015 blend is 42%. We find this to be the perfect balance – strong enough to soothe your ills or give you a good kick after dinner, but not so strong it burns. Grab a bottle in our shop and give it a whirl, don’t forget to Tweet us @DevonDistillery to let us know when you’re drinking it…