South African Brandy on the Rocks


Brandy legend Pietman Retief


During a presentation I did at Educvin in Burgundy last year, one of the winemakers said it was every so often necessary to take one’s palate out of the comfort zone. “Electro-shock” he called it. Put something in your mouth that shakes, rattles and burns your flavour sensors, re-awakening them for the next period of wine tasting.

I don’t know if this was what Yves had in mind, but I am partial to a double brandy-and-Coke poured to the ratio of a third brandy and two thirds Coke. This hefty dose of spirited sweetness is met with alarm by my cultivated tasting tools, having them cry out in anguish before they are ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ like their possessor ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ lulled into a lovely alcoholic comatose state.

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