At the end of each year, I look back at what I tasted and make a few lists. I list my Top 5 Single Malt and my Top 5 Blended whiskies. All whiskies that I have tasted during the year and that fall in the affordable category. The Top 5 Blended whisky list is easy. There are plenty of blends available in the affordable category (Under R500 / $ 38). Creating the Top 5 Single malt category is somewhat more difficult and the price point sits at around R 750 / $ 57. Reasonably priced single malts are a lot more difficult to find.
A little while ago, I spend a morning with Jacqueline Grobler from Angel Heart Distillery learning all about the gin distilling and flavoring process. She makes the very delicious Westcliff and Ginifer gins. I left there in awe. The way she looked at the flavors of the gin was inspiring. My head was buzzing with ideas. I got home and promptly stared experimenting. It all lead to a very delicious Ginger Mango Gin Cocktail.