Cape brandies from South Africa were celebrated for their outstanding craftsmanship at the recent Intercontinental Spirits Challenge, held in Belgium.

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The panellists, consisting of industry experts, evaluated spirits from 13 countries and Cape Brandy, a distinct category, showcased South African spirits’ exceptional craftsmanship and rich heritage. The judges were impressed by the depth of flavour, complexity, and unparalleled quality of Cape Brandies, and Sydney Back Potstill Brandy 15 Years and Oude Molen XO both earned Trophy Awards. Other noteworthy Cape Brandies that made an impression include Tokara XO Potstill, Bayede! XO, Mimosa’s Alambic Potstill XO, Boschendal Potstill 10 Year Brandy, and Durbanville Hills 10-Year-Old Merlot Potstill Brandy 2011.

The Intercontinental Spirits Challenge also highlighted the growing category of rum, with a particular focus on aged rums. As one of the panellists noted, “The rums varied in style and approach,” showcasing the diverse range of flavours and techniques employed by distillers. The number of aged rums in the challenge reflects the increasing interest and appreciation for this beloved spirit among connoisseurs and casual enthusiasts alike.

DGB from South Africa emerged as the most impressive producer in the African leg of the tasting, with one trophy-winning entry, three Double Gold Awards, and one Gold Award.

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