Brrrr it’s chilly in the Western Cape – the rains have arrived! We’ve got our fire going beautifully in our lounge and it’s time to move away from the cold drinks and fix our eyes on something more warming. A glass of award-winning brandy perhaps?
While South Africa’s credit rating might have taken a knock, our country’s brandies have proved to be the international gold standard with Oude Meester claiming five Double Gold medals at the San Francisco’s World Spirits Competition (SFWSC).
It would seem that the Distell brand have got the Midas Touch because last month they gained three Double Gold medals for their Oude Meester 12-Year-Old Reserve Brandy, the Oude Meester 18-Year Old Sovereign and the Oude Meester Demant – which incidentally also won the title as World’s Best Brandy at the 2017 World Brandy Awards.
Don’t know what the SFWSC is? Well, now in its 17th year, the SFWSC is considered among the most influential and widely respected spirit competitions in the world. This year’s competition attracted a record number of entries with more than 2 100 spirits submitted for evaluation by an expert judging panel comprising of 43 international industry experts. So you know that the awards they give are for the VERY best.
Of their amazing achievements, Distell Brandy Ambassador, Nick Holdcroft says
“Any medal from the SFWSC is considered a proud achievement, but for Distell to win five Double Gold medals is truly an exceptional performance and perhaps the most authoritative acknowledgement that South African brandies can compete head-to-head with the world’s most famous cognacs – We are extremely proud of the quality of our brandies within our borders, but to win in a part of the world, like San Francisco is truly special, and shows the opportunity we have in spreading these products internationally.”
To celebrate this amazing achievement AND just in time for Father’s Day, I’m giving away two bottles of Oude Meester Demant to one fortunate brandy fan (give one to Dad and keep one for yourself…or score major brownie points and give both away) – check out my Facebook page to see how to enter.