Part 2 of my series on affordable blended whisky is the Teacher’s Highland Cream whisky. I first noticed this whisky on one of our trips to India. Our friend in India buys a box full of Teacher’s whisky at a time. It is affordable and very popular in India. One of the cheaper / more affordable blends that I have not tried before, so when I saw it locally in the shop, I thought… why not. It retails for around R 170 ($13) in SA, definitely in the affordable category.
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Towards the end of 2016, I was fortunate to attend the launch of a new whisky release in South Africa. The Scottish Leader 12 yo has been a long standing favourite in the East and lucky for us, have now reached the South African shores. Scottish Leader is a well known brand around the world. The Original and Signature releases are popular in South Africa and now they have extended their South African presence with the 12 yo.
My first blend for 2017, the Firstwatch Imported Whisky. This year, I want to do something a bit different. It is great to try some of the more expensive blends available and over the years, I have managed to taste quite a few interesting (and expensive) blends. However, the higher priced blends are not always worth it and I was wondering if some of the inexpensive blends are worthwhile. So this year, in terms of blended whisky, I am drinking my way through the bottom of the budget. Whisky that retail for less than R250 per bottle. (In currency terms, that is drinkable whisky for around $18 or GBP 15)
The year 2016 started with a BANG. I started my tasting year with a special South African Dram. It was the Three Ships PX Cask, the first in their Three Ships Masters Collection. This year, I am fortunate to start on an even bigger BANG. First up is another Three Ships Masters Collection release, the Three Ships Pinotage Cask Finish. A 15 yo blend from the beautiful Wellington in the Western Cape. What makes it so very special is the aging in the Pinotage Casks.
I have seen the brand Hankey Bannister around for a few years, but nothing really enticed me to try it. That was until John was invited to a Hankey Bannister tasting at Bogeta in Parkhurst. The beautiful little restaurant is owned by Saverio and has an impressive collection of whiskies. Margaret Clarke, the Senior Brand Manager came to SA to introduce this blended Scottish whisky, to whisky lovers. She not only had the Hankey Bannister 12 yo and 25 yo available to taste, but also shared the rare Hankey Bannister 40 yo release with them.
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