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Category: Blended whisky (Page 2 of 10)

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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Teacher’s Highland Cream Whisky

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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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Scottish Leader 12 yo Blended whisky

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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.

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Firstwatch Extra Fine Imported Whisky

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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)

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