A while ago we tried the Glenfarclas for the first time. It was one of the special whiskies that we got to taste on our trip to Wild About Whisky in Dullstroom. We rated this bottle we got in Dullstroom as ‘Excellent‘ and a very welcome addition to our collection. I have also used the 12 yo to make Whisky Muffins for John’s birthday. The sherried nature of the whisky, matched the rich chocolate muffin very well. The Glenfarclas distillery sits in Banffshire, just a mile from the River Spey.
Category: New Arrivals (Page 2 of 4)
During November 2013, the Edinburgh based boutique spirits company Wemyss Malts released their new Festive Season single cask expressions through the Masters of Malt website. And with names such as “Toffee Glaze”, “Merchant’s Mahogany Chest” and “Coconut and Sandalwood” we just had to get our hands on a bottle or two. But as we were looking at the selection, they sold out, right in front of our eyes.
One of the things we occasionally lament in our magnificent country is being able to acquire interesting whiskies. Happily we have seen specialist shops, such as Whisky Brother, open with a broad whisky selection. Large retailers are also beginning to focus on supplying upper end whisky. One of those retailers is Checkers, who launched their Private Barrel Co. label of single malt whiskies in 2013. We duly found a Checkers Liquor outlet and purchased a bottle of Glen Grant 17 yo. There were only 464 bottles of the Glen Grant 17 yo released.
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One of the great things about collecting whisky is that you never know what you may find such as this bottle of Wild Reeds Whiskey. Recently Jeannette and I stopped at our local Pick n Pay liquor store to replenish our bottle of sherry. We took a quick glance at their whiskies to see if they had anything interesting. Our eye’s fell upon a rather interestingly shaped bottle, which on closer inspection, turned out to be a Wild Reeds Bourbon Cask Whiskey. It’s produced by Schoonspruit Distillers in the North-West Province of South Africa. We had never heard of either the distiller, nor of a local Bourbon Cask whiskey, so we immediately purchased a bottle.
Although I grew up in South Africa, my family celebrated the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas at the beginning of December, instead of Christmas on the 25th. My youth was filled with memories of December evenings, listening out for the knocking on the door that indicated presents had arrived. My father always managed to make the sounds of Sinterklaas knocking on the door without them noticing and it is one of my fondest childhood memories. It is a tradition that we are continuing for our daughter as well.