Gin made in the shade of the famous Pretoria jacaranda trees, at the foothills of the Magalies mountains, next to the Apies River. It is true! I was fortunate to go and investigate a small gin distillery a few weeks ago and interview Kelly Duncan, the head and heart behind this interesting start up. Kelly is a successful business consultant who’s curiosity lead her to gin distilling. The question of how gin is made, prompted her to do a distilling course and then the gin bug bit.
There is a whisky region that almost disappeared. Around a century ago Campbeltown was the most prolific of all of Scotland’s whisky regions. There were more than 20 distilleries in the small geographic whisky region. This dwindled down to just 3. One of the reasons for the decline was the fact that most distilleries in the Campbeltown region had a strong focus on quantity instead of quality.
Whisky shows are great. They offer a great opportunity to try a new whisky before buying a bottle. You can explore whiskies from various regions and countries and discover new favourites. During November, Johannesburg hosts one of the biggest whisky shows in Africa. More than 10 000 people decent on the Sandton Convention centre for the annual Whisky Life Festival.
If you have been following me on social media, you would have seen about my trip to Canada. While John was climbing Denali in Alaska, me and the little one went off to visit some family in Vancouver and spent time exploring this amazing city. While we were there, Canada celebrated its 150th birthday. On the 1st of July, there were celebrations and flags every where. It was amazing.
John climbed Denali in Alaska during June and me and the little one decided to wait for him in Vancouver, Canada. My favourite cousin lives there, so it was a wonderful opportunity to spend time with him. John planned on completing his climbs and then fly out to Vancouver as well to spend some family time in Canada.