Whisky of the Week

Meandering the world, one whisky at a time

Whisky and Wensleydale cheese pairing

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These past couple of weekend I have been testing a lot of whisky and cheese pairings again.  After the craziness that was June and July, weekends have slowed down and lefts some space for experimenting. Sitting back, grabbing a few whiskies, opening up some interesting cheese and in general just relaxing a bit.   I tried a goats cheese and bourbon pairings, but that elicited a rather negative response from John. 

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Dewar’s 12 yo Blended whisky

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I am always looking for interesting whisky at a good price.  Call it the frugal Dutch side of me, but I don’t think expensive necessarily equals good.  These last couple of years I have managed to find great blends and single malt whiskies at affordable prices.  Whiskies that you can buy 2 or 3 bottles of and not survive on dry bread for the rest of the month. I publish my top 5 affordable Single Malt and Blends list yearly.    This year however, has been a challenge.  I am over the halfway mark and I have not really found too many delicious “new” affordable drams.   My top 5 list for 2017 was looking a bit bare.  

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JP Wiser’s Deluxe Canadian Rye Whisky

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Canada celebrated their 150 year anniversary on the 1st of July.  I was fortunate to be in Canada during this celebrations and it was special to raise a glass (or 2) in celebration.  One of the glasses we raised was filled with JP Wiser’s Deluxe. I spent quit a bit of time rummaging through Canadian liquor stores during our trip.  It was very interesting to see all the flavored whiskies available.  Flavoured whisky is not really available in SA. The occasional JD Honey, but nothing as exotic as what I found in Canada.  

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Spring time: Hibiscus Pink Lady Cocktail

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In June I discovered the Capital Gin Distillery, right here in Pretoria.  Kelly has 3 amazing gin releases and my favorite was the Pink Lady.  Feminine and floral, perfect sipping gin.  So soft and easy drinking with hibiscus and thyme.  With Spring around the corner, I had to make use of this perfectly named gin to build a Spring Cocktail.

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Glenkinchie 12 yo Single Malt whisky

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Time to move back down to the Scottish Lowlands this week.  The Lowlands has 3 well known malt distilleries, namely Auchentoshan, Bladnoch and Glenkinchie. Today I investigate Glenkinchie and especially the Glenkinchie 12 yo.   Lowland whiskies traditionally were softer and more floral compared to the more Northern releases.   

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