Whisky of the Week

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Catto’s Blended Rare Old Scottish whisky

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The next edition in my affordable blended whisky series; this week I look at the Catto’s Blended Rare Old Scottish whisky.  It retails for around R 300.  Is is affordable and still under R500, but not cheap.  It is in the same price range as the Johnnie Walker Black.  Catto is part of the International Beverage Ltd company who’s Single malt portfolio include Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc and Speyburn. 

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National Bourbon Day: My top 6 Bourbons

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The 14th of June is National Bourbon Day.  A whole day to celebrate the magic that is the golden liquid from the USA.   For a whiskey to classify as bourbon it must be made in the U.SA. In addition, its mash bill (mix of grains from which bourbon is distilled) must comprise at least 51% and no more than 79% Indian corn.  Besides corn, the other grains used, include malted barley and either rye or wheat. Bourbon must be aged at least two years in a new, charred oak barrel made from American White Oak.

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Amrut Single Malt whisky from India

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Thirty five years ago, most whisky came from Scotland.  The sacred place where whisky is distilled and aged as part of a nearly religious experience.  Chivas and Dimple were premium blends that brought tears to grown mens eyes.  It was a man’s drink, in a man’s world.  Ronald Reagan was president and the Cold War was a reality.  It was the time of the Falkland War, the launch of MTV and Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spenser.  Chernobyl exploded and the Simpsons were created. 

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Tamdhu 10 yo single malt whisky

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The first thing that drew me to the Tamdhu was the bottle shape. In between all the similar shaped bottles, the beautiful shaped Tamdhu bottles stood out. The old fashioned beveled bottle reflects the light like a crystal.  Regardless of the taste, I wanted the bottle for the shape.  Then I went to read up about this Speyside distillery and I just had to taste the Tamdhu 10 yo.

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Speyburn Bradan Orach Single Malt whisky

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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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