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Did you know that 2018 is KWV’S cen­ten­nial year? To cel­e­brate its bo­nanza of a birth­day, the iconic lo­cal brand has re­leased the crazily ex­clu­sive Cen­te­nary brandy. This out­ra­geously spe­cial spirit was made by blend­ing some of the very first brandy that KWV made back in 1926 with some from the only bar­rel res­cued from a fire that razed its his­toric cel­lars in 1942. Also in the blend are KWV’S rarest re­leases, which av­er­age around 42 years of age.

But here’s the kicker. KWV pro­duced only 100 bot­tles of this se­ri­ous col­lec­tor’s item, which is sell­ing at a whopping R100,000 a go — though 20% of that will go to a bur­sary fund for viti- and vini­cul­ture stu­dents.

If you do de­cide to splurge on one of th­ese liq­uid gems, we say go the whole hog, live the fancy drinks dream and take KWV up on its ex­clu­sive buyer’s pack­age: the first 10 buy­ers get busi­ness-class flights to Cape Town, a one-night stay at the V&A Wa­ter­front’s Cape Grace ho­tel, VIP chauf­feur ser­vices and a din­ner and tast­ing with KWV master dis­tiller Pi­eter de Bod. At the din­ner, they’ll get to sam­ple the brand’s pre­mium pot­still range, in­clud­ing the 30year-old Nexus and the Cen­te­nary.

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