The brandy category’s reliance on tradition has led to some outstanding products, turning the heads of a new generation of consumers. We share 10 of the most impressive bottlings from our recent blind tasting.
Brandies from France and Germany staved off tariffs earlier this year, a hopeful sign for a traditional category that promises great things in the future thanks to dedicated producers.
Last month, we hosted our Brandy Masters blind-tasting competition to evaluate the quality of some of the bottles on the market.
The competition was held via Zoom to comply with lockdown measures in the UK. Melita Kiely, editor of The Spirits Business and chair of the tasting, was joined by Ivan Dixon, independent spirit consultant, to judge the brandies.
Wine Sorted decanted the samples and labelled them anonymously, shipping them to our judges’ homes.
From French brandies to South African bottlings, our tasting showcased a high level of quality across regions and age statements.
Click through the following pages for 10 brandies that took home a Master or Gold medal.