During February 2014 we tasted the really amazing Mackmyra First Edition and bemoaned the fact that it is not available in South Africa. Marc from Whisky Brother contacted us with the good news. There is a shipment of Mackmyra on the way to SA. We managed to pick up a bottle of the Mackmyra Svensk Rök at Wild About Whisky in Dullstroom. Mackmyra has come a long way since 1999, when it was founded as the only whisky distillery in Sweden. Since then they have earned a reputation as a top class single malt whisky producer.
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Last week I wrote about the first of 2 bottles that my brother brought back from the UK for us. You can read that blog post here. The other bottle that he brought back was the Aberfeldy 12 yo single malt. Aberfeldy is situated in the centre of Scotland. An estimated eight kilometers east of Loch Tay and about thirteen kilometers south of Loch Tummel. Aberfeldy Distillery was founded by John Dewar & Sons, Ltd. in 1896 and opened in 1898. The distillery is located on the eastern outskirts of Aberfeldy, on the southern bank of the upper Tay.
When family travel to the UK, we always make use of the opportunity to order some whisky. This time, Jeannette’s brother was flying back from Budapest via Heathrow with a 3-hour stop over. Ordering something was not an option as the lay over was too short. We nevertheless asked him to bring something back for us. He is not quite as enthusiastic about whisky as we are and we tried to give him guidance of what we like and what we don’t. But for someone who does not really drink whisky, it was all a bit overwhelming.
On a recent shopping trip, I found another interesting bottle of South African Whiskey. South Africa has the world-renowned James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington that produces Three Ships, as well as the lesser known Draymans Brewery and Distillery in Pretoria. Lately, however, we have seen an odd bottle or two from a distillery in the North West Province of South Africa, the Schoonspruit distillery. It is the same distillery that produced our bottle of Wild Reeds whiskey.
A Friday or so ago, Whisky of the Week tried the Ballantine’s Finest Scottish whisky. We received the bottle in a blue cover from good friends of ours. We prefer single malts, but are willing to give a blended whisky a try about once a month. Neither John nor me as ever tried a Ballantine’s so we did not know what to expect. We were blown away. Not only was it a great whisky, it earned our first Divine rating for 2014. No blend has every received a ‘Divine’ rating in our books. Here is the link to our rating system. During 2013 we only had 2 ‘Divine’ ratings.