Political-Brandy-Faux-Pas! Normally we only report about Cognac – but this time it’s about a rather ‘hot’ brandy topic…
German brandy distributor Aniland GmbH used to sell Armenian cognac. Now, that’s not unusual.
What’s rather delicate about the whole thing: The label indicates Nagorno-Karaba as a part of Armenia. Today the company stopped selling that certain bottle with the label. Also because the consulate of Azerbaijan in Stuttgart wrote a letter to the company.
The Aerbaijani embassy in Germany was not amused at all.
The management of Aniland replied in a letter, stressing that it never wanted to interfere in political issues in the Caucasus area. So the labeling was changed in January and all bottles were sent back to production facilities.
Inappropriate label… Big deal?
It’s rather delicate because there is a serious conflict between the two South Caucasus countries – it all began in 1988 when Armenia began to claim certain territories. The Armenian army occupied a good fourth of Azebaijan since the early 90’s. That also includes the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven other disctricts. Currently, there are peace negotiations.