I'm looking forward to participating in my very first Mixology Monday in a week or so; the topic this time around is Brandy (you're a fine spirit), and I think I'll enjoy trying to put together a new drink or discovering an old one. A question, though: what brandy to use? I feel like I have a semi-decent handle on what brands I prefer for a lot of other spirits, but I feel like I'm clueless when it comes to brandy -- and for some reason, the various guides to brands that I've seen around don't seem to ever include brandy.
What I've been doing so far: standing blankly in front of the shelves at my local liquor store (which is both well and peculiarly stocked), pondering for a while, and then grabbing a VS cognac more or less at random. It seems to work out okay, and I like my Sidecars just fine, but: is this overkill? Should I be looking at Armangnacs, other Cognacs, or other brandies? Talk to me.