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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Tuesday, February 20th at 12:00 for a party of 1

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.

  • Flight of the Fish Eagle Brandy R130.00

    For a young 3 year old brandy, you don’t get much finer. Flight of the Fish Eagle Brandy is perfect neat in a snifter with ice, or with ginger ale as my favourite mixed drink. Pure refreshment! My rating: 18/25.

  • Oude Molen Solera R270.00

    First of the premium offerings from Oude Molen, Solera follows the traditional method of making Spanish sherry. Intriguingly different, and full of flavour. My rating: 19/25

  • Ladismith Klein Karoo 8yr R250.00

    Ladismith Klein Karoo 8yr from the stunning R62 brandy route. Aged 8 years it shows maturity beyond its years, as is illustrated by its most recent gold medal at IWSC 2011. My rating: 19/25.

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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