The Van Ryn’s 12 year old Distiller’s Reserve has laid claim to the title of best Worldwide Brandy trophy for the fourth time in 11 years. It was last awarded to this fine product three years ago.
The award can be attributed to Van Ryn’s Master Distiller Marlene Bester, who has custodianship over the Van Ryn’s cellars and decides which young brandies will benefit from further aging.
The House of Van Ryn’s has won the IWSC Worldwide Brandy trophy six times in the past 11 years. The pinnacle of the range is the Van Ryn’s AU.RA, a pot-stilled brandy with components aged up to 40 years.
The IWSC is the premier competition of its kind on the international stage and aims to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Entries are put through a rigorous two-stage judging process of professional blind tasting and detailed analysis. The IWSC competition is unique in that all medal winners are subjected to technical analysis before results are released.
For Bester, the IWSC Worldwide Brandy trophy is one of the best rewards any Master Distiller could ask for.