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 R220.00

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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  • Oude Meester Demant Brandy R150.00

    Blended potstill up to 8 years old, Oude Meester Demant brandy is exciting and fresh while still maintaining a well matured and crafted feel. My rating 16/25

  • Bezalel XO Founders Reserve Brandy (10yo) R500.00

    From Bezalel Wine and Brandy estate in the Northern Cape, comes this stunning 10 yo potstill, with a bottle design to match its true quality. My rating is 19 /25

  • Sir George Potstill Brandy

    Sir George 5yr R250.00

    An undiscovered secret of the Wellington brandy route, Sir George 5yr from Napier Winery. A simply superb, small volume potstill, sold in elegant 500ml bottles. My rating: 18/25

  • Pierre Croizet XO Congnac

    Pierre Croizet XO R1,500.00

    The first (an so far only!) cognac to make my collection, Pierre Croizet XO is surprisingly different, and very smooth despite the extra 2 % ABV. My rating: 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