All VSOP grade Cape Brandy must be matured in oak barrels for at least 5 years.
The brandy used in Oude Molen VSOP is often older than this, making it an exceptional example of the VSOP grading.
The French Cognac equivalent for VSOP is 3 years minimum.
When oak barrels are toasted for slightly longer, more of the natural sugars from the wood are brought to the surface and caramalised.
It’s these sugars, absorbed by the brandy over many years, that give our VSOP its subtle caramel sweetness.
Selecting the right balance between heavy and lightly toasted barrels is the skilful art of the brandy master.
Our small batch VSOP blend was created using specially selected barrels, with different ages of maturation to create a unique flavour profile.