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  Triple crown for KWV at International Spirit Challenge

10 Jul 2015

Topics: Brandy, Honourable Artillery Company, International Spirit Challenge, KWV, Peadar Hegarty, Pieter de Bod

KWV has made history at the 2015 International Spirit Challenge (ISC) by clinching the World's Best Brandy & Cognac Producer, World's Best Brandy and equally prestigious Grand Champion accolades.

It's the first time in 20 years of running the ISC that a brandy - KWV’s 20 Year Old, rated the maximum 5 stars in Platter's Guide - has trounced a cognac.

ISC is one of the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world, promoting outstanding quality spirits from around the globe. This year more than 1,000 entries from nearly 70 countries were received. More than 50 industry professionals assess products according to their age, region and variety. Each product is scored for its aroma, appearance, taste and finish.

Trophies for the winning spirits, best distilleries and producers were awarded at a function at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), London, earlier this week.

KWV master distiller Pieter de Bod says: 'Winning World’s Best Producer is a historic moment for KWV and the greatest accolade we could achieve as a South African producer, beating international brandy and cognac producers. We are also very proud of the Global Grand Champion Award.

"This potstill brandy was blended last year and we started off with about 30 different batches between the age of 20 and 32 years. The final blend of six batches was matured for an extra 3 months to marry and mellow to its full character.”

KWV also received 3 silver medals for its 15, 12 and 10 Year Old brandies at the 2015 ISC awards.

According to the latest Nielsen figures, while brandy volumes shrunk by 7% in the past year, KWV has grown its share to almost 14%.

“We are particularly proud of this achievement and seeing good growth across the KWV brandy range,” says Peadar Hegarty, head of strategy at KWV.

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  • philip on 13 July 2015

    Thanks for the comment, Daniel. On this very interesting subject, did you read Al Coombe's recent post on Brandy & Ginger blog?

  • Daniel on 13 July 2015

    Not such a big surprise. We KNOW SA brandies are actually cognac by another name. Now it appears ... "Only better!"

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