Whisky of the Week

Meandering the world, one whisky at a time

What a Blend: Clan Denny Islay Edition

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In my non stop search for affordable and delicious bends I have tasted some rather “interesting” drams.  I have tried some excellent blends. And I have tried a few where I look at the bottle and wonder  if the person who bottled this, tasted it before it was bottled.  This year have been slower than usual in my search for affordable blends.  I have found some stunning blends in the mid range level.  Blends like the Rock Oyster and the Timorous Beastie that retail for around R 750 – R1000 range.  But very few in the affordable range around R500. 

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Gifts for the Gin lover in your life

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The count down to Christmas and year end has begun.  Most shops have put up Christmas decorations and everywhere festive lights and colorful baubles are glittering already.  In just over a month it is the biggest gift giving event of the year.  The mad rush to get the perfect gift has started.  There are Festive Catalogues filled to the brim with gift ideas. 

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Michel Couvreur Special Vatting Peaty Malt whisky

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It was the clean classic label design that made me buy the bottle of Michel Couvreur whisky more than anything. A cream label with a beautiful cursive font and a red wax seal.  The label is attached over 2 sides of the square bottle to ensure the corner of the bottle is presented on the shelf.  This feature made it stand out in between other square and round bottled and I noticed it immediately.  I have never heard the name or seen anything on this release before. 

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Glen Grant 12 yo Single Malt whisky

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The whisky fabric is an amazing place.  It is full of vibrant people and amazing conversations.  Friendships start over a glass of whisky and lasts for many years.  Friendships that transcends whisky.  The opportunity to all meet up, happens only a few times a year.  One of the biggest events of the year is the Annual Whisky and Spirits Live Festival in Sandton at the beginning of November and it is an event every one looks forward to.  A chance for friends from all over South Africa to catch up over a glass (or 2) of whisky.

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Celebrating: Sandton Iced Tea Cocktail

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The start of November.  From here, it is only a hand full of sleeps till Christmas and not many more before the start of a new year.  But before the year speeds to and end, it is first one of the most anticipated whisky events in Sandton – the Whisky and Spirits Live show.  Held on the 8-10th of November at the Sandton Convention Centre, the show this year will, for the first time, incorporate not only whisky, but a variety of local gins and other premium spirits as well.

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