Close to 600 spirits from all the world competed in this year’s New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC) which was held in April. Almost 600 spirits from around the world competed for the top awards and were judged by restauranteurs, sommeliers, retail spirits buyers, distributors and importers.

Six gold medals were awarded to the very best brandies at the competition and South African brandies, specifically Stellenbosch-based Van Ryn’s Distillery, won two of those for the Van Ryn’s 12-year-old Distiller’s Reserve and the Oude Meester Souverein 18-year-old brandy.

“Oude Meester Souverein is the pinnacle of the Oude Meester range and symbolises the endless strive for faultless quality,” said Distell Brandy Ambassador Nick Holdcroft. “These brandies are clearly king of the hill and we hope these international awards will encourage more South Africans to taste and appreciate some of the world’s finest brandies made right here with locally-grown grapes.”

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