Following on from my post last week on the Top 5 Blends 2016 edition, I have worked hard to define my Top 5 Single Malts 2016. I have tasted a considerable variety of whiskies in order to sort the good from the bad, the cheap from the tasty. Keeping it under R500 for the single malts have become impossible. With the decline in the currency and the general increase in single malt prices, I had to lift the price point to around R750. But fear not, there are many delicious Single malts at this price point. So, are you looking for a gift for your boss? You want to impress someone but not break the bank? Look no further, to my Top 5 Single Malts 2016 Edition. All available under R750.
John got this bottle of 21 yo Glenfiddich Gran Reserva as a gift and I decided why not. Lets end this year on an old note. We stared this year with the Three Ships PX cask. We will start next year with the Three Ships Pinotage Cask. But first, I end 2016 on a high note with the Glenfiddich Gran Reserva finished in Caribbean Rum casks.
It is nearly December and that means time for my Top 6 Blends 2016 Edition. This is the third year that I do my popular post on delicious affordable drams to buy. Same as last year, these are all drams I have tasted and really liked. You can with confidence, buy these drams as a gift for someone special or for yourself. Making shopping easier, one whisky at a time.
I have seen the brand Hankey Bannister around for a few years, but nothing really enticed me to try it. That was until John was invited to a Hankey Bannister tasting at Bogeta in Parkhurst. The beautiful little restaurant is owned by Saverio and has an impressive collection of whiskies. Margaret Clarke, the Senior Brand Manager came to SA to introduce this blended Scottish whisky, to whisky lovers. She not only had the Hankey Bannister 12 yo and 25 yo available to taste, but also shared the rare Hankey Bannister 40 yo release with them.
It started with the desire to consistently create the perfect Irish Coffee. It grew into a distillery creating various whisky releases, including the Irishman and Writer’s Tears. And I was fortunate to taste a few of the Walsh Whiskey expressions in The Whisky Wire’s 99th Twitter Tasting. Twenty tasters from all around the globe got the opportunity to taste 4 interesting Walsh Whiskey releases, all created because the Walsh family had a dream to leave a whisky legacy of excellence.