Whisky of the Week

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Category: Single Malt whisky (Page 1 of 24)

Amrut Single Malt whisky from India

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Thirty five years ago, most whisky came from Scotland.  The sacred place where whisky is distilled and aged as part of a nearly religious experience.  Chivas and Dimple were premium blends that brought tears to grown mens eyes.  It was a man’s drink, in a man’s world.  Ronald Reagan was president and the Cold War was a reality.  It was the time of the Falkland War, the launch of MTV and Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spenser.  Chernobyl exploded and the Simpsons were created. 

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Tamdhu 10 yo single malt whisky

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The first thing that drew me to the Tamdhu was the bottle shape. In between all the similar shaped bottles, the beautiful shaped Tamdhu bottles stood out. The old fashioned beveled bottle reflects the light like a crystal.  Regardless of the taste, I wanted the bottle for the shape.  Then I went to read up about this Speyside distillery and I just had to taste the Tamdhu 10 yo.

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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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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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Wemyss Malts Dark Chocolate Orange

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April and Easter is chocolate month. Chocolate bunnies, eggs, even chocolate chickens can be found in most of the shops.  Even in my house, there is chocolate everywhere.  I keep on finding lost (hidden) chocolate eggs in strange places.  I am not complaining.  My love for chocolate is well known… and this time of the year… It is a requirement to eat chocolate.  With all the chocolate around the house, I realized, I have not blogged about my favorite chocolate whisky – The Wemyss Malts Dark Chocolate Orange!   

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