Sussex Dragon Brandy – Available now!
*Limited edition of 38 bottles*
Slake’s Dragon Brandy is meticulously made in Sussex by the Sea from local grapes and aged in Oak casks at our distillery. This limited first production run of just 38 bottles was twice, carefully pot distilled from Stopham Estate’s 2018 Pinot Gris wine to produce a flavoursome, fierce & fruity spirit of Sussex. The distillate was cut slightly with spring water to barrel strength and charged into small, second fill oak casks to mellow & gently age. Once the right amount of character had been imparted by the oak the brandy was proofed down to Dragon strength with Sussex spring water, perfect for sipping neat, and bottled without chill filtration or any adulteration.
Sussex doesn’t grow any of the classical high-yielding, more neutral brandy grapes like columbard or ugni blanc that you might find across continental Europe. In fact the growing conditions and terroir here suit a number of rather more characterful grape varietals, like Pinot Gris, Bacchus, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and to a slightly lesser extent Chardonnay, Auxerrois & Pinot Blanc. In our more temperate climate these vines are highly-suited to producing thin, acidic wine, ideal for top quality brandy. Join our journey and experience a wonderfully unique taste of Sussex. Our first Dragon Brandy will be launched soon and is a very approachable and delicious example of the great things to come!
Wonderfully balanced melange of oak, fruit & spice. The time spent resting in the barrel has gently tamed the spirit and imparted a delicious vanilla-like sweetness. A super smooth Sussex brandy to sip, savour & share.