Whisky of the Week

Meandering the world, one whisky at a time

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Wemyss Malts Dark Chocolate Orange

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April and Easter is chocolate month. Chocolate bunnies, eggs, even chocolate chickens can be found in most of the shops.  Even in my house, there is chocolate everywhere.  I keep on finding lost (hidden) chocolate eggs in strange places.  I am not complaining.  My love for chocolate is well known… and this time of the year… It is a requirement to eat chocolate.  With all the chocolate around the house, I realized, I have not blogged about my favorite chocolate whisky – The Wemyss Malts Dark Chocolate Orange!   

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Koval Bourbon Single Barrel Whiskey

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I have been testing and writing about an American Whiskey or Bourbon every month for the last two and a half years, but slowly I am running out of affordable bourbons available in SA to taste and write about.   I might have to switch over the Irish whiskey in a month or 2. Anyway, this week I am opening my first Koval, the Koval Bourbon whiskey.  It is available in SA through WhiskyBrother or Aficionado’s and a new distillery. Both to my collection and in age.  

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Teacher’s Highland Cream Whisky

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Part 2 of my series on affordable blended whisky is the Teacher’s Highland Cream whisky.  I first noticed this whisky on one of our trips to India.  Our friend in India buys a box full of Teacher’s whisky at a time.  It is affordable and very popular in India.  One of the cheaper / more affordable blends that I have not tried before, so when I saw it locally in the shop, I thought… why not.  It retails for around R 170 ($13) in SA, definitely in the affordable category. 

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King Car Conductor Whisky from Taiwan

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Back in 2011 when I started collecting whisky, l managed to find whiskies from the more traditional whisky making countries like Ireland, USA and Canada.  But on one of John’s trips he stumbled across a bottle of Finnish whisky and a bottle of Taiwanese whiskies.  Suddenly the flood gates opened.  There was an explosion of world whisky.  It might have been that the trip opened our eyes to something that has been there all along.  Regardless of the reason, we started noticing world whiskies everywhere and our collection changed to incorporate more world whisky.  To date, I have tasted whiskies from 23 different countries. But one of the first non traditional counties was Kavalan from Taiwan. 

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Angel Heart distillery – Gin in the City of Gold

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The discovery of gold in the Witwatersrand in 1852 lead to one of the largest ever gold rushes in world history.  The little hamlet that was up to then, just a stop over on the way to the Barberton goldfields, suddenly showed promise of riches.  That little hamlet would never be the same again.  Soon thousands of people descended on it.  Cecil John Rhodes from Kimberley made the trek to the mining camp  and purchased the first  batch of gold for £3000. This little hamlet was the start of Johannesburg, the City of Gold.

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