Judges at the 2017 International Spirits Challenge have confirmed that South Africa makes the world’s best potstill brandies.
The Oude Meester Souverein 18-Year-Old scooped the trophy for the World’s Best Brandy at the 22nd International Spirits Competition (ISC) gala dinner which took place in London.
It is the fourth time in nine years in which a Distell brandy has won this trophy. South Africa’s leading spirits producer, Distell also won the trophy for Brandy Producer of the Year.
“It is an honour for a South African brandy to be recognised as the best in the world once again, especially considering ISC’s esteemed judging panel who are familiar with all the leading brandies from around the world. To scoop the title of World’s Best Brandy means the Oude Meester Souverein 18-Year-Old was judged as an outstanding product of exceptional quality, with a rating above 90 points out of a possible 100,” said Nick Holdcroft, Distell Brandy Ambassador.
The ISC is a premier event that promotes outstanding quality spirits from across the globe – this year more than 1 300 entries were received from nearly 70 countries.
“We are pleased that we were able to pass the rigorous judging panel and bring home not only the overall trophy for World’s Best Brandy, but also an additional three Gold medals – for the Oude Meester Souverein 18-Year-Old, Van Ryn’s 12-Year-Old Distiller’s Reserve and the Van Ryn’s 15-Year-Old Fine Cask Reserve.” These brandies scored between 80 – 89.9, and are an “excellent product of superb standard”.
These fine potstill brandies were made to be enjoyed neat or with a single block of ice.
Judges said the Oude Meester Souverein had “flavours reminiscent of almonds with nuances of ginger and chocolate following through onto a warm, mouth-filling palate. This brandy has a big nose, citrus fruit and honey on the palate with a soft and dry lingering finish”.
Of the Van Ryn’s 15-year-old brandy, judges said it was “a great balance of wood and fruit and holds its age well”. The Van Ryn’s 12-Year-Old brandy was described as “a big attractive brandy with complex flavours of cigar box, fresh apricot and pear that finishes well”.
“Distell is proud of our successful track record at the International Spirits Challenge. Winning many trophies over the years has not only affirmed our confidence in our products, but also transferred that confidence to our customers and consumers,” said Holdcroft.