International Awards for SA Brandy

Premium brandies clinch international awards in New York

The South African flag flew high at the seventh annual New York International Spirits Challenge with several accolades for local potstill brandies.

Stellenbosch brandy distillery Van Ryn’s clinched two international awards at the seventh annual edition of the global competition, which takes place in the heart of New York City. The South Africa 12-Year Brandy of the Year was awarded to the Van Ryn’s Distillers Reserve 12-Year-Old, while the South Africa 15-Year Brandy of the Year went to older sibling the Van Ryn’s Fine Cask Reserve 15-Year-Old. The two brandies also won a Silver and Gold award respectively.

Distell stablemate, the 18-year-old Oude Meester Souverein was awarded Gold. “This mature potstill brandy has lingering flavours reminiscent of almonds with nuances of ginger and chocolate following through onto a warm, mouth-filling palate,” said Distell brandy ambassador Nick Holdcroft.

“These fine products were judged along with almost 600 other spirits from around the world in a blind tasting, where top spirits buyers from around New York City judged the spirits by their category and price. We are proud to have once again shown that South African potstills can compete on an international stage.”

The New York International Spirits Competition is the first major international spirits competition which uses judges from the trade only – buyers from retail stores, restaurant owners, hotel beverage directors, distributors and importers.

These fine potstill brandies are available at Makro and Pick n Pay Liquors and onhttps://www.vinoteque.co.za

Tasting profiles:

r150-van-ryns-12-yearVan Ryn’s 12-Year-Old (R660)

Colour: Lustrous, deep golden amber.

Nose: A complex range of ripe and dried fruits with dark berries, plums and dried apricot with spicy aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and sweet tobacco.

Taste: A great concentration of aromas and flavours which meld wonderfully together while retaining a fine balance. Oak aromas are well-balanced with mature notes of strong dried fruit that develop into hints of coffee.

Finish: Elegant with a controlled power. A soft velvety palate of dried fruit and coffee ends on a lingering, lasting note.

Serving suggestion: Best enjoyed neat, with ice or a dash of water.

r150-van-ryns-12-yearVan Ryn’s 15-Year-Old (R1 160)

Colour: Rich, burnished gold.

Nose: A remarkable citrus and honey character together with fragrant tones of cigar box.

Taste: Chocolate and liqueur meld with oak to create an unforgettable full flavoured brandy with a voluptuous mouthfeel.

Finish: Full and complex that is rounded and creamy with an opulent density.

Serving suggestion: Best enjoyed neat, with ice or a dash of water.

r2-oude-meester-souverein-18-year-old-sa-good-newsOude Meester Sovereign 18-Year-Old (R1 200)

Colour: Auburn amber.

Nose: Intriguing and deeply complex with layers of ginger, mocha coffee,

strawberry jam and vanilla.

Taste: Lingering flavours reminiscent of almonds with nuances of ginger and chocolate following through onto a warm, mouth-filling palate.

Serving suggestion: Neat or with a little ice.

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