Win With Van Ryn Brandy: Awesome Hamper!

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Your day is about to get a lot better. Why? Because we have two/2/twee/mbini/ezimbili/tse pedi of these AWESOME hampers to give away. Look:

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Van Ryns 12 Year-Old Potstill Brandy and 1701 Nougat Gift Hamper valued at R830

What’s more, both lucky winners will have their gift hamper, valued at R830 each, delivered to their chosen address within the Republic of South Africa.

Soooo, what’s inside?

Each hamper consists of a bottle of the international award-winning Van Ryn 12 Year-Old potstill brandy and some amazing handmade nougat. This gourmet hamper, in a stylish gift box, holds the International Wine and Spirits Competition’s 2016 Worldwide Best Brandy trophy winner, the Van Ryn’s 12 year old Distillers Reserve, as well as a selection of hand-crafted nougat from 1701 made to a traditional French recipe.

To enter, first read the info below, and then answer two simple questions in the comments on this blog post. Please remember to provide your email address, contact details and full name when you are selected!

Winners will be announced on Friday, 28 April, at 12 noon. You can enter as many times as you like!

T&C’s apply: entrants must be above legal drinking age, and able to provide ID proof of date of birth.

Here’s the lowdown on this amazing prizewinning brandy. (Remember, the 2 questions are at the bottom of the post!)

Van Ryn’s gets South Africa in the mood for world-beating excellence

The House of Van Ryn’s is celebrating its second consecutive year of victory on an international stage after once again winning the Worldwide Brandy Trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London.

The Van Ryn’s 12-Year-Old Distiller’s Reserve, produced at the Stellenbosch-based distillery, was selected as the finest potstill brandy at the 47th annual edition of the IWSC, one of the most respected wine and spirit competitions in the world, which sets the international benchmark for quality.

Judges said the Van Ryn’s 12-Year-Old had a “stand-out nose packed with ripe and dried fruit where apricot, pear and mango are most expressive”. The palate was described as being fruity and well-backed by lots of floral notes, and the finish as being “long-lasting, character-filled”.

Van Ryn’s, founded in 1845, is focused on producing mature potstill brandies of international excellence and has won the IWSC trophy for Best Worldwide Brandy seven times in the past 12 years.

“Other fine brandies from the Van Ryn’s stable did not escape the judges’ notice, with the Van Ryn’s 15-Year-Old Fine Cask Reserve and 20-Year-Old Collector’s Reserve both collecting Gold medals, meaning they are superior examples which set the standard for potstill brandies,” said Liezl Dippenaar, Global Marketing Manager for Van Ryn’s.  “We are proud that the Van Ryn’s brandies will be flying the South African flag when they are showcased at the Awards Banquet in November at the Guildhall in London, along with other top performing products from around the world.”


  1. Name the South African brandy that won the IWSC trophy in London?
  2. In which South African town is the distillery where this brandy is made?
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Van Ryn’s 12 Year Old Distiller’s Reserve potstill won the IWSC Worldwide Brandy trophy in 2016.


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