South African Brandy continues to stake its claim among the world’s premier drinks following chart-topping performances at this year’s Intercontinental Spirits Challenge held in Kortrijk, Belgium. Producers of South Africa’s quintessential spirit have just been awarded eleven of the authoritative competition’s highest accolades including a trophy for the Boschendal XO Potstill.

The Intercontinental Challenge annually singles out the best entries from across the globe and made the announcement of its best-of-the-best just days ago. Winning an award is a mark of the most outstanding distinction.

Brilliance from Tokara

The final leg of the Intercontinental Spirits Challenge took place in Europe with the event’s official media release declaring the brandy and cognac category “an event highlight”.


Sydney Back prize winner

In addition to snapping up a trophy, South African brandies that received Double Gold at the event were Sydney Back Potstill Brandy 10YO; Sydney Back Potstill Brandy 15YO; Oude Molen VS and Oude Molen XO. Gold was awarded to D’Aria The Piccolo Brandy; Sydney Back Potstill Brandy 25YO; 100 Reserve Premium Brandy; Oude Molen VSOP; Bayede! XO and Tokara XO Potstill Brandy.


Oude Molen gold

”For several of the winners in the competition, it was a return to the podium. Last year, Oude Molen XO and Sydney Back Potstill Brandy 15YO won trophies and led a pack of Double Golds for South African brandies.

Bayede! XO

For more information, visit The official website of the South African  Brandy Foundation includes details about the country’s brandy homes, routes and to explore brandy heritage as well as a free introductory course about brandy-production.