Whisky of the Week

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Speyburn Bradan Orach Single Malt whisky

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At the end of each year, I look back at what I tasted  and make a few lists.  I list my Top 5 Single Malt and my Top 5 Blended whiskies.  All whiskies that I have tasted during the year and that fall in the affordable category.  The Top 5 Blended whisky list is easy.  There are plenty of blends available in the affordable category (Under R500 / $ 38).  Creating the  Top 5 Single malt category is somewhat more difficult and the price point sits at around R 750 / $ 57. Reasonably priced single malts are a lot more difficult to find.  

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Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel whiskey

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During March this year, I got to meet Cam Dawson at a Jack Daniel’s function and taste a few interesting Jack Daniel’s releases. It was a great function that introduces a few whisky friends to more of how Jack Daniel’s is made.  We got to taste a variety of releases, however the Jack Daniel’s release that impressed me most, was the Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel.  I liked it so much, I went out and bought a bottle.  At R600 a bottle, it is not too expensive and quite readily available. 

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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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Caol Ila 12 yo Whisky from Islay

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For the last 10 or more years during June, there is a Oyster, Wine & Food Festival in Johannesburg where  in excess of 60 000 oysters from Knysna gets consumed and appreciated together with a variety of other foods and wine.  It is always a very popular activity.  Out in the winter sunshine, with friends, good music, fun food, what more can you ask of in the perfect weekend.   But I have to admit something… when we taste oysters, we always take a small flask of Caol Ila 12 yo with us.  Nothing enhances the taste of fresh Knysna oysters better than this peaty smoky Islay dram.  It is total perfection. 

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