Whisky of the Week

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Category: Blended whisky (Page 1 of 10)

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. I publish my top 5 affordable Single Malt and Blends list yearly.    This year however, has been a challenge.  I am over the halfway mark and I have not really found too many delicious “new” affordable drams.   My top 5 list for 2017 was looking a bit bare.  

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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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Label 5 Blended Scotch whisky

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Time for an affordable blend again.  My track record with affordable blended whisky this year has not been too good.  Since the start of the year I have tasted 5 different affordable blends and only 1 was really good.  The Scottish Leader 12 yo blended whisky is a well loved staple in my house.  The other blends  I tasted was less satisfying.  Hopefully this Label 5 Blended Scotch Whisky will add a bit of quality to my affordable whisky list.

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From the Klein Karoo: Boplaas Whisky

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Every month, Whisky Brother Shop publish their top 5 sellers for the month.  It is always interesting to see the old favorites (Glenmorangie, Ardbeg and Glendronach)  share space with newcomers.  The June the list had an interesting surprise.  Obviously, after Ardbeg Day at the end of May, it was expected that the Ardbeg Kelpie will make an appearance.  However number 2 on the list was interesting.  A South African whisky aged in Brandy Casks – Boplaas whisky.

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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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