Dr William Angove established a distillery in Renmark in 1910. His plan was to make a plain spirit for fortifying wine. In 1925, William’s son Carl decided to create a new style of Australian brandy that was lighter and more delicate than anything previously produced. That same year, Carl travelled to Cognac to learn from the world’s best. His passion for do one thing brilliantly became our passion. His ambition to show the world another face of Australian produce excellence became our ambition. And his ultimate purpose to create an Australian spirit of iconic world standard and a uniquely Australian expression of brandy became our purpose. Every year since 1925, the St Agnes Distillery and Barrels Halls have been carefully and character fully been hand crafting brandy that is a testament to the rewards of time, age, ambition and craft.
Its ever-increasing success can, to some degree, be attributed to the “no compromise in quality” approach adopted since those early days. The company philosophy on brandy production revolves around the pot still batch process, followed by many years maturation in small, oak casks.
St Agnes Produce a Range Of Brandies, Like :
- St Agnes XO Grand Reserve 40 Year Old
- St Agnes XO Imperial 20 Year Old
- St Agnes XO 15 Year Old
- St Agnes VSOP
- St Agnes VS (Very Superior)
All the brandies in the St Agnes range are double distilled pot still brandies. This means the commitment to quality starts early.
With Christmas round the corner, here is a great Brandy Custard Recipe.
- 4 egg yolks
- 4 tblspns caster sugar
- 2 cups milk
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tsp St Agnes Brandy
Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until thick and creamy. Set aside. Bring milk and vanilla to boiling point in a small saucepan. Do Not Boil. Whisk milk into egg mixture. Transfer to the top of a double saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture coats the back of a metal spoon. Stir in St Agnes Brandy. Serve hot or cold with Christmas Pudding, fresh or stewed fruit, or any other desert of choice. (1 tsp of cornflour added to whisked egg yolks and sugar helps prevent curdling of custard).
When you buy Brandy online, the type of brandy is probably the first thing you want to look at. Obviously if it says Cognac or Armagnac you can safely assume it was produced in that region, but for those that simply say “brandy” it’s a wise idea to look for the Country of importation and the major source used, whether it be grapes, fruit or pomace.
Next, you want to determine its age. In certain regions such as in France, there are regulated terms that are used to estimate age, those usually being VS, VSOP and XO, among others. Other popular Brandies that have been around for a long time and are available online here in Australia and around the world are Hennessy, Remy Martin, Courvoisier and Martell.