Koya 6 Year Old V.S.O.P. Chinese Brandy
Koya V.S.O.P. Brandy is crafted from Ugni Blanc grapes (like those favoured for Cognac), distilled using a Charentais pot still and a column still, and aged in oak barrels from Limousin in France for over six years. Although clearly inspired by Cognac, this is a proudly Chinese spirit. The grapes are all grown in Yantai on the Shandong Peninsula. This cool region has a long growing season, not dissimilar to that of Bordeaux, and the coastal climate is perfect for creating the aromatic grapes required for top-notch brandy. The chief winemaker at the Yantai branch of Château Changyu, Mrs. Zhang Bao Chun, uses a unique ‘Temperature Controlled Double Yeast Fermentation’ method, which was granted the first Chinese National Patent to protect it. As a result, you will not taste another brandy quite like this one.
Elegant and as smooth as silk, this rich, floral and fruity 6-year-old brandy displays notes of tropical fruits preserved in syrup, candied apricot and orange zest, quince jelly, praline, almond biscotti, nougat, raisin-packed fruitcake, dried wildflowers, oak, coffee and tobacco. It’s a charming drop with a sublime finish that seems to linger like a sweet memory long after you’ve put the glass down. Sip Koya V.S.O.P. with food, after dinner or as a nightcap, treating it as you would a Cognac.
The Changyu Pioneer Wine Company, or Château Changyu as it is more commonly known, was founded in 1892 by Zhang Bishi. This entrepreneurial diplomat imported more than 500,000 vines from the US and Europe, almost singlehandedly laying the foundation for Chinese wine production. Located in Yantai, Shandong, his endeavour is China’s oldest and largest wine producer. Although famed for their exquisite wines and the Bordeaux-style châteaux that are spring up throughout the country, they have also been receiving gold medals for their high-end brandy for a century. So, this bottle of Koya represents a rare opportunity to sample the delights of China’s premier and first brandy producer.
£12.86 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3494564
Style No.: 893982
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