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Glenfiddich Most Experimental Bartender + win tickets!

Glenfiddich Most Experimental Bartender

What do you get when you pair a bartender, a musician, chef or artist with some exceptional Glenfiddich whisky? You get the Glenfiddich Most Experimental Bartender. Next week Thursday evening will see the SA final of the Glenfiddich Most Experimental Bartender competition. Right here in Johannesburg. And you can win double tickets to the event.  Just keep reading. 

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Making a bad day, better: Snickers & Bourbon

Snickers & Bourbon whisky pairing Jim Beam Black

Continuing with the Bourbon Heritage month theme, I was looking around for a few interesting bourbon food paring ideas, when I came across an article that recommend pairing a bourbon with a Snicker. Wait… What? A super sweet Snicker bar paired with sweet bourbon. Would this not be an overly sweet affair? I was unsure if this pairing would make a blue Monday better or worse.

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Classic Islay: Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Whisky

This is one of the bottles that have been in my collection for ages. I keep on drinking it, but never writing about it. So, with the Laphroaig Distillery 200 year anniversary during 2015 and before we finish this bottle, I decided that it is time to officially taste the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Laphroaig is names after Loch Laphroaig on the south coast of Islay. Donald and Alexander Johnston established the distillery in 1815.

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National Coffee Ice Cream Day

National Coffee Ice cream Day with Bourbon

I discovered the USA National Day Calendar. What an amazing source of inspiration! Everything from the more serious National Days such as the National Paediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day on the 8th of September to the very funny National Lazy Mom’s Day on the first Friday in September. There is an National Elephant Appreciation Day on the 22nd of September and a National Drink Beer Day on the 28th of September.  Not all of them are applicable to whisky, but a few got me thinking.

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Balblair 2000 Vintage Single Malt

Balblair 2000 vintage single malt whisky

A month or so ago, I got invited to join Paul laCock from Aficionados and a few fellow tweeters for a Balblair Twitter tasting (BalblairTT). The range we tried included the Balblair 90, Balblair 03 and the one I liked the most, the Balblair 1999. The Balblair 1999 was a real “sit down and think of life” dram. Rich, fruity sweet, full-bodied…. Delicious! It made me realize that, although we have made quite a dent in our own bottle of Balblair and photographed it extensively, I have never captured the tasting notes or written about it. So here goes, the Balblair 2000 release.

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