Whisky of the Week

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Category: Blended whisky (Page 1 of 10)

What a Blend: Clan Denny Islay Edition

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In my non stop search for affordable and delicious bends I have tasted some rather “interesting” drams.  I have tried some excellent blends. And I have tried a few where I look at the bottle and wonder  if the person who bottled this, tasted it before it was bottled.  This year have been slower than usual in my search for affordable blends.  I have found some stunning blends in the mid range level.  Blends like the Rock Oyster and the Timorous Beastie that retail for around R 750 – R1000 range.  But very few in the affordable range around R500. 

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Michel Couvreur Special Vatting Peaty Malt whisky

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It was the clean classic label design that made me buy the bottle of Michel Couvreur whisky more than anything. A cream label with a beautiful cursive font and a red wax seal.  The label is attached over 2 sides of the square bottle to ensure the corner of the bottle is presented on the shelf.  This feature made it stand out in between other square and round bottled and I noticed it immediately.  I have never heard the name or seen anything on this release before. 

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Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky

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Many many years ago, a group of friends went for a holiday in Zimbabwe.  We first stopped off in the rugged Eastern Highland for some trout fishing and then made our way up to Lake Kariba.  There we stayed in the Cutty Sark Hotel while exploring the beautiful dam and finding tiger fish.  The name Cutty Sark alway stayed with me and reminded me of wonderful times with good friends.  When I saw a whisky with that name, I just had to have it. 

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Dewar’s 12 yo Blended whisky

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I am always looking for interesting whisky at a good price.  Call it the frugal Dutch side of me, but I don’t think expensive necessarily equals good.  These last couple of years I have managed to find great blends and single malt whiskies at affordable prices.  Whiskies that you can buy 2 or 3 bottles of and not survive on dry bread for the rest of the month.

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JP Wiser’s Deluxe Canadian Rye Whisky

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Canada celebrated their 150 year anniversary on the 1st of July.  I was fortunate to be in Canada during this celebrations and it was special to raise a glass (or 2) in celebration.  One of the glasses we raised was filled with JP Wiser’s Deluxe. I spent quit a bit of time rummaging through Canadian liquor stores during our trip.  It was very interesting to see all the flavored whiskies available.  Flavoured whisky is not really available in SA. The occasional JD Honey, but nothing as exotic as what I found in Canada.  

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