Whisky of the Week

Meandering the world, one whisky at a time

Musical Masterpiece: Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique

Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique On the 21st of May it was World Whisky Day. Dreamt up by Blair Bowman while studying at the University of Aberdeen, participants are encouraged to drink whisky of this day. As if we need an excuse! It is a day to invite friends and neighbours over to try a few drams and celebrate the glorious ‘water of life’. It is about making whisky fun and enjoyable. Spreading the whisky word to people who have not tried it before.  There is no particular brand linked to World Whisky Day. You should drink what you enjoy.  Be it Scottish or Bourbon, Irish or World whisky – enjoy it and share it.

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Worth the hype? Macallan Fine Oak 15 yo

Macallan Fine Oak 15 yo WhiskyA lot has been written about the Macallan distillery and brand. Some people love it. Some people hate it. Many stories about it exist. Some true, some not quite. It often makes the ‘Most Expensive Whisky’ lists. If anything, it is a polarizing whisky and distillery. John loves it. I find it pretentious and old fashioned.  Macallan started life as Elchies Distillery. The name changed and it expanded as demand for the product soared.   Over time, the Macallan had become very sought after. The Macallan is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Edrington Group.

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If you love Cognac, you will love this: Arran Napoleon Cognac

Arran Napoleon Cognac Cask whiskyI love adding whisky finished in interesting casks to our collection. A Rum finished whisky or a Sauternes cask finish not only adds interesting dimensions to the whisky, but also to our collection. We have plenty of Bourbon and Sherry cask finishes, a Madeira cask finish and even a Merlot cask finish. But one of the finishes we enjoy the most, looking at the nearly empty bottle, is our Arran Napoleon Cognac Cask finish. I can’t find  many whisky aged in Cognac or Brandy casks. Not in South Africa anyway.

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Mother’s Day Whisky Wishlist

Mother's Day whisky wishlist

The second Sunday in May is traditionally celebrated as Mother’s Day in our country. Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family. It is seen as a celebration of motherhood, maternal bonds and the impact of mothers in society. Mostly a day where mom can relax a bit and the kids and significant other spoil her.

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A smoking lounge: Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve

Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve whiskyOne of the more dusty bottles in our collection is the Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve. The Dalmore has been part of our collection at least 9 years and we have barely touched it.   Dalmore is located on the northern shores of the Firth of Cromarty, part of the Scottish Highlands. Dalmore was founded by Alexander Matheson in 1839. After building The Dalmore and running it for 28 years, Alexander Matheson decided in 1867 it was time to pass on the distillery to new owners. Andrew and Charles Mackenzie stepped forward.

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