Whisky of the Week

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Category: Blended whisky (Page 1 of 9)

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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Chivas Regal 12 yo Blended whisky

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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. 

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Aged in Stout barrels: Jameson Caskmates Whiskey

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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. 

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