1 Rum, Mauritus

Mauritian Rum. Who knew? Not me til now. And by most accounts, Chamarel is the one to watch. The sugar can comes from their own plantation and the spirit is distilled in French oak barrels on the same site.

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2 Brandy, South Africa

I shouldn’t really be surprised that South Africa is producing some of the world’s best Brandy, given the success of its wine industry. Where you get great grapes, you get great Brandy. There are probably “hipper” distilleries out there but you can’t really argue with KWV and Van Ruyn when they’re producing award winning bottles.

KWV Website

Van Ruyn Website

3 Gin, South Africa

Inverroche Distillery makes a range of beautiful Gin’s using unique Fynbos botanicals. Not only does it make a fabulouse G&T but a guilt-free one, too, if sustainability and eco-awareness are important to you. They also make a cracking Brandy.

Inverroche Website

4 Vodka, South Africa

Jorgensens make a range of spirits, but their Primitiv Vodka is quite special. It’s produced from an organic strain of the ancient grain spelt, grown in Cedarberg near the snowy caps of the mountains. I’m guessing that’s about as close to the Russian Steppes as you’re going to get in Africa.

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5 Whisky, South Africa

Another award-winning liquor produced in the Cape region of South Africa, in the Bainskloof mountains. Unusually, this single grain amber nectar is made from Maize.

Bains Website