Whisky of the Week

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Category: Blended whisky (Page 2 of 8)

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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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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Something Extra: Chivas Regal Extra

Chivas Regal Extra blended whisky

When you hear the name Chivas, it brings to mind consistent quality. For me personally, it reminds me of my father. His favourite was the Chivas 12 yo. The old staple blended whisky, that you can find everywhere.  He used to get a bottle or 2 for Christmas and savored it through the year.  Every now and again sharing a sip with his older kids, when my mom was not looking.   During 2014, Chivas released a new bottling, Chivas Regal Extra. It was made to fit between the well-loved Chivas 12 yo and the more upmarket (read expensive) Chivas 18 yo.

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Visit from a Scottish Cousin or 3

Scottish Cousin blended whisky

I am not impartial to some wine every now and again. Whisky is perfect, but a nice glass of wine, on a hot day, is wonderful. A while ago, on a Friday afternoon, John brought me a bottle of wine. It was in a plastic bottle. The snob in me was slightly horrified.  What was he thinking?

Not to be rude, I tried it. And oh my, what an amazing glass of wine it was. The bottle in question was the Tangled Tree Tropical Sauvignon Blanc. After that, I have tried all 5 wines in the range and love the Chocolate Cabernet Sauvignon and the Moscato Rose the most.

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Best for 2015? Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye canadian whisky

During November the annual Whisky Bible Ratings come out. For some, it is a much anticipated event. For others, not so much. Over the last couple of years, the top awards have been somewhat controversial and Jim Murray even depict himself a bit of a devil (playing a bit of Devil’s advocate) on the front page of the 2015 bible.

November 2015 was no different. The Whisky Bible crowned the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye as the highest scoring whisky. An affordable whisky from Canada? Can it be possible? Not from Scotland? Some critics jumped up to complain. Bitterly in some instances. Supporters of the Crown Royal and Whisky Bible cheered. The Scottish whisky industry, barely showed a ripple.

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