Whisky of the Week

Meandering the world, one whisky at a time

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Rose and Grapefruit Gimlet

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This year, my Valentines’ cocktail was inspired by a book.  I was reading ‘Going Solo” by  Roald Dahl.  After a sheltered upbringing in England, Dahl made the decision to join the Shell Oil Company.  His first assignment was in East Africa.  He was sent to Dar es Salaam, in what was then known as Tanganyika (current day Tanzania).

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Ciroc Mango Mimosa Cocktail

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Many years ago I traveled through Russia.  It was an amazing experience.  Growing up, I never thought I would stand on the Red Square, see Saint Basil’s Cathedral and touch the walls of the Kremlin. But after the fall of Communism, Russia opened up and I grabbed the opportunity to travel there, with both hands.  I spent some time in Moscow and then took a boat down the Volga to Saint Petersburg.  The experience and landscape was mind-blowing.

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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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Pinotage Sangria for Pinotage Month

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October celebrates Pinotage wine.  The second Saturday in October is always a high point on the calendar as wine lovers around the world celebrate this South African variety.  This year is no different.  On the 14th of October, Pinotage will again be celebrated at special events in the US, the UK and SA.  One of the events is a Pinotage and Biltong Festival at the Leriba Hotel.  Two South African classics together.   

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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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