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KWV Brandy has been awarded an impressive 3 gold medals at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2018.
KWV Brandy has been awarded an impressive 3 gold medals at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2018.

KWV wins GOLD at International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2018


Issued by Feed That Bird on behalf of KWV - Jul 4th 2018, 15:47

KWV Brandy has been awarded an impressive 3 gold medals for the KWV 10-Year-Old Potstill Brandy, KWV 12-Year-Old Barrel Select Brandy and the KWV 20-Year-Old XO Brandy at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2018.  

Such an accolade from the ISC in the Brandy, Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Pisco, Grappa category is regarded to be the most respected and sought after in the drinks industry, due to the stringent nature of the judging process. Winning an ISC medal is an outstanding achievement and underlines a producer’s commitment to quality and innovation through the spirits.

KWV Brandy passed a scrupulous blind tasting by a world-renowned expert panel of specialist judges to beat strong competition to win the prestigious accolade of 3 gold medals. The quality of KWV Brandy’s craftsmanship and liquid is reflected in this superb result.

Cognac has long since been universally considered as the world’s finest spirit distilled from grapes, and this French spirit has enjoyed global appeal as a result. However, KWV is proving that it can comfortably rival this counterpart with its classically styled Brandy that takes years to perfect.

A key differentiator of South African Brandies are the strict laws of production governing Brandy distillers. Legislation dictates that Brandy in South Africa should be matured in 340 ℓ or smaller French oak barrels for a minimum of three years – whilst other countries only require 6 months, to 2 years and unlimited barrel size. At KWV this regimen is taken a step further with its potstill brandies that are allowed 10 years or more of maturation time - to allow for the quality and purity that give KWV’s brandies their internationally competitive edge.

Awards Organiser Justin Smith said: “This year has seen more entries than ever before, with producers entering a diverse mix of spirits from across the globe who are looking to benchmark their spirit at the very highest level”.

“The fact that brandies in the KWV collection have all secured various awards over the years, indicate that our team of distillers have mastered a recipe for success,” says KWV’s Master Distiller Pieter de Bod.

Now in its 23rd year, the ISC is the premier event in promoting outstanding quality spirits from across the globe. The competition is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process, which serves to encourage the high calibre of spirits and designs entered into the competition each year. Receiving more than 1,600 entries from nearly 70 countries worldwide, the ISC is a truly global competition. It is supported by many of the world's leading spirits producers as the international standard for quality and excellence.

For the Tasting Awards, a highly controlled operation is held over ten days of intense blind tastings by panels of more than 50 respected and experienced industry professionals. Samples are delivered to the judging area in flights of numbered tasting glasses to ensure the accuracy of the blind tasting. Each judge assesses products according to their age, region and variety which is determined by the entrant and verified by the chairman. The ISC takes the utmost care in ensuring that all products are blind tasted equally and fairly in the correct conditions set by the ISC rules.

Such a precise judging process has provided the basis of the strong reputation the ISC has established for rewarding quality and celebrating excellence.

Full results have been released and published on the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) website, with the full list of medal winners to be published in the ISC annual results magazine in August.

On 12th July, the world's leading drinks producers and design specialists will gather in Central London for the annual ISC Awards Dinner. Paying tribute to some of the finest spirits, and packaging designs in the world results for categories are announced with the evening highlights, which include the acclaimed Trophies, Producer of the year, Distiller of the Year, Supreme Champion Spirit and Special Recognition awards.


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