At the end of each year, I look back at what I tasted and make a few lists. I list my Top 5 Single Malt and my Top 5 Blended whiskies. All whiskies that I have tasted during the year and that fall in the affordable category. The Top 5 Blended whisky list is easy. There are plenty of blends available in the affordable category (Under R500 / $ 38). Creating the Top 5 Single malt category is somewhat more difficult and the price point sits at around R 750 / $ 57. Reasonably priced single malts are a lot more difficult to find.
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During March this year, I got to meet Cam Dawson at a Jack Daniel’s function and taste a few interesting Jack Daniel’s releases. It was a great function that introduces a few whisky friends to more of how Jack Daniel’s is made. We got to taste a variety of releases, however the Jack Daniel’s release that impressed me most, was the Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel. I liked it so much, I went out and bought a bottle. At R600 a bottle, it is not too expensive and quite readily available.
Chivas Regal, a name that conjures up images of old style whisky, served in an old library. It is a name that, for me, brings back images of my dad relaxing with a “scotch”. Chivas Regal is a name that I have known since childhood. It was one of my dad’s favourites. And that is 40 years ago. This dram’s has a stellar reputation that has stood the test of time.
When friends meet up for a drink, great things tend to happen. I know! When I meet up with my friends for drinks, we solve a world full of problems in an evening. Other friends met up for a drink during a ski holiday and Mackmyra was created. The same is true for the Jameson Caskmates. In 2013, two long time friends met for drinks at a local pub in County Cork, Ireland. The friends were Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science at Jameson Distillery and Shane Long, Head Brewer at local Irish micro-brewery Franciscan Well.
For the last 10 or more years during June, there is a Oyster, Wine & Food Festival in Johannesburg where in excess of 60 000 oysters from Knysna gets consumed and appreciated together with a variety of other foods and wine. It is always a very popular activity. Out in the winter sunshine, with friends, good music, fun food, what more can you ask of in the perfect weekend. But I have to admit something… when we taste oysters, we always take a small flask of Caol Ila 12 yo with us. Nothing enhances the taste of fresh Knysna oysters better than this peaty smoky Islay dram. It is total perfection.
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