Musgrave Crafted Spirits, famous for their craft gins, are now reaching new heights with two new luxurious pot-still brandy infusions that have caught the attention of the 2021 Platter’s Wine Guide judges. The Musgrave Copper Vanilla has been awarded 4 stars and the Black Honey 4 ½ stars.
This ingenious flavour compilation is that of founder, Simone Musgrave. She says, “This is a huge honour to have received such high ratings for our brandies after launching just last year. The Black Honey, one of the two infusions in my Copper Pot Still brandies is sourced directly from Zambia where I was born and raised. The bees are kept on an organic forested family property in Zambia, while the vanilla is grown on Indian Ocean Islands where I spent many holidays with my family.”
The Platter’s Wine Guide refers to Simone Musgrave as someone who intends on disrupting the traditional brandy market. Which is what she intends to do. “For far too long, brandy has had a bad reputation and I want to change that, plus I want to appeal more to women. Building Musgrave Crafted Spirits means not only disrupting traditional categories, but also aligning with the best in the business. We were approached by the SA Brandy Foundation who are driving innovation and transformation in the premium Brandy sector. This particular category has been struggling for some time now with relevance and needed re-energising. After delving into trend research, this felt like the right move.”
Double distilled and matured in oak barrels. The oldest component in this blend is 20 years old and the youngest 5 years. The older component was re-vatted after three years to older barrels to ensure that the product mellows over time. It forms a complex base where the wood is balanced and well integrated which serves as a carrier for the sweet prune, honey, liquorice, light molasses and savoury notes to develop. It has a very soft/velvety savoury finish… melts in your mouth. Unique honey character, one of a kind.
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