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Category: Blended whisky (Page 2 of 9)

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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Three Ships Pinotage Cask Whisky

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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. 

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Hankey Bannister 12 yo blended whisky

Hankey Bannister 12 yo blended whisky

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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Proudly SA: Three Ships 5 yo Premium Select

Three Ships 5 yo Premium Select Blended whisky

Many years ago, I was traveling through Ireland. It is a beautiful green country with great beer and of course, Jameson’s Irish whiskey. In Dublin, I visited the Jameson’s Distillery visitors centre. It was a remarkable experience.  The Jameson’s visitors’ centre in Dublin showcased  the art of whisky making and the passion that goes into creating a brand like Jameson’s. Fast-forward a couple of years to 2016. The James Sedgwick’s  distillery in Wellington becomes the first (and only) commercial whisky  distillery on the African continent to open a visitor center. After many years of asking, the Distell whisky powers approved the concept.   What a wonderful way to experience this award-winning South African whiskies.   Now you can see the whisky passion for yourself!  So, in celebration of this special occasion, I try the Three Ships 5 yoPremium Select whisky.

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A Classic! Johnnie Walker Double Black

Johnnie Walker Double Black blended whisky

Black – one of my favourite colours. Henry Ford famously said “A customer can have a car painted any color he wants as long as it’s black”. (The reason being, he was cutting productions costs by using a type of quick-drying paint that was only  available in black at the time.) Coco Chanel said “Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. Its beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Black is a colour that elicits strong emotions.

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