The Boplaas 1880 Ox Wagon Reserve 8 Year Potstill Brandy is as fine a liquor product as I’ve drunk all year. My first encounter with it was during the blind tasting of wines put forward for this year’s Cape Winemakers Guild Auction where I scored it 93/100. Drinking a bottle over the last few nights, I’m inclined to think it’s even better than that.
Brandy functions best as a digestif, which is to say a drink taken after the meal in order to aid digestion, and this really serves the purpose, a tot or two proving invigorating rather than intoxicating. Showing pear, peach, apricot and subtle spice, it’s pretty and light and has a lovely freshness about it. A very refined offering (average auction price: R3 808.33 per six-bottle case).
Score (revised): 95/100.