Distell Statement - False news alleging that Old Brown Sherry offers medicinal benefits

02 July 2020

We have become aware of a WhatsApp voice note alleging that Old Brown Sherry offers medicinal benefits. This is simply not true. Old Brown Sherry is not a cure for COVID-19. We are equally shocked and extremely concerned that the voice note also suggests that Old Brown Sherry can be consumed by minors – it is illegal for alcohol to be sold to or consumed by anyone under the age of 18, and as Distell we do not condone the consumption of alcohol by minors.

We advise all consumers and our wider stakeholder community to always refer to official sources of information on COVID-19. Please go to for further information on COVID-19 or visit the WHO; CDC; SA Department of Health and NCID websites.