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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  • Kingna 5 year old brandy R180.00

    Hand crafted in small volumes at the Kingna distillery in Montagu, the 5 year old delivers a super flavour profile with smooth lingering finish. Another great 5 yo micro produced potstill brandy. My rating is 18 /25

  • KWV Nexus 30 year old brandy R23,000.00

    One of only two 30 year old releases in South Africa. Blend consist of 30-42 years old and comes in very limited release. Exceptional by any and all standards. Franco’s Score: 23/25

  • Sumsaré 5 year old brandy R375.00

    A perfectly crafted micro distilled potstill, Sumsaré 5 year old brandy shows maturity way beyond its years. Oozing sophistication, my rating is 19/25

  • 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

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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