A while ago, my brother brought us back a bottle of Benromach 10 yo from one of his trips abroad. Benromach is a Speyside distillery situated near Forres in Morayshire. It was founded by Duncan McCallum and F.W. Brickman in 1898. The Benromach name originates from the Gaelic words for ‘shaggy mountain’. Benromach is fed with spring water from the Chapelton Springs in the Romach Hills beside Forres. Together with Aberlour, Dufftown and Balblair, Benromach was one of the many Speyside distilleries designed by the renowned architect Charles Doig. The distillery was mothballed in 1983. Before the middle 1960s, Speyside distilleries malted their own barley.
Last week we blogged about the top 5 Single Malt whiskies under R500 available in South Africa. This blog post came about after a friend asked for some help in choosing whisky as a gift. This week, I continue with our recommendation and post our Top 5 blends under R500 available in South Africa.
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label is probably one of the most famous super-premium blends in the world. Certainly in South Africa, it is seen as the whisky to drink to show that you have arrived. In some of our previous posts we have written extensively about John “Johnnie” Walker’s story. A story that began by selling whisky from a grocery shop in Ayrshire, Scotland. It was John Walker’s grandsons, Alexander Walker II and George Walker that established the colour-based naming system. In 1909, Johnnie Walker Red Label was launched. The colour based system extended from there. But the brand’s most famous blend is, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
A couple of days ago, a friend asked for some advice. She needed to buy whisky as a gift but did not know where to start. Walking into a bottle store can be a daunting experience. The sheer volume of products available make choosing tough. And knowing what whisky is worth buying within a smallish budget can be doubly difficult. And she needed to impress with something exceptional.
Not too far from the Cradle of Mankind is the administrative capital of South Africa. Here the majestic Union Buildings towers over Pretoria. In earlier times this Highveld region was known for its pot still products like “witblits” and “mampoer”. In the shade of the Union Buildings, a small microbrewery has been making quality, German-style beers since 1997. During 2006 the master brewer, owner and manager of Drayman’s, Moritz Kallmeyer, expanded his vision. Drayman’s, based in Silverton, now also distills, blends and matures Scottish style malt whisky. After 10 years of brewing pure malt beer, making pure malt, pot still whisky, seemed to be a natural progression. Drayman’s Brewery uses the solera process on a very small scale for their Drayman’s Solera Whisky.