What Exactly is Premium Brandy?

Just like rare whisky, premium brandy is distilled in copper potstills and aged in oak barrels, sometimes for 20 or more years. With dedication, precision and skill, our brandy masters create some of the finest spirits in the world.

Layers of complexity, aroma and taste reveal themselves to those willing to learn, to those able to set aside hearsay and really delve into the heart of this fascinating liquid…

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Hess Alambic 5 yo Brandy R

From the quaint R62 town of Montagu, comes a very much unknown 5 year old potstill brandy from Mimosa Lodge.  My rating is 16/25

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Drink for thought?

Its a curious thing this brandy spirit...

I've lost count of the upturned noses when I have offered it to guests. "I don't like brandy..." "No thanks, it makes you agro..."

So forgive me the pleasure in changing perceptions ;) The history, the crafting, the rich fruity aromas and silky lingering palate. Fact is, premium brandy is so much more than just brandy.

I never knew this, so why then should anyone else? If you like whiskey, or drink spirits, try a few premium brandies. I'm not saying its for everyone. But I am saying you will be surprised what you discover...

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  • Van Ryns Vintage 10 year old brandy R229.00

    One of the few vintage brandies we have to sample. Van Ryns Vintage 10 year old brandy is a super brandy, best served in a snifter with 1 block of ice. My rating: 19/25.

  • Elsenburg 13 year old brandy R0.00

    Distilled in small batches each year by final year students at the Elsenburg College of agriculture, this micro produced potstill packs a weight and a half in terms of taste and flavour. My rating is 20 /25

  • Oude Meester Souverein 18 year old brandy R899.00

    The oldest in the Oude Meester premium range, Oude Meester Souverein 18 year old brandy is as different and unique as it is complex. My rating: 20/25

  • Kingna 12 year old brandy R450.00

    Hand crafted in small volumes at the Kingna distillery in Montagu, the 12 year old delivers the most complex and amazing nose of any brandy I have ever tasted. 17 /25

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Why Brandy & Ginger

This blog is an expression of my interest and passion for premium brandy. It is an exploration of the hidden and secretive world of this spirit, that I was fortunate enough to discover.

The name itself is tribute to one of the tastiest tall drinks I have yet to discover. A quality brandy mixed in a tall glass with ginger ale (not ginger beer) and lots of ice. Preferably a solid measure of Flight of the Fish Eagle, Nederburg Solera, or Oude Molen 100 Reserve.

Try it, you wont be disappointed