Whisky of the Week

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Category: Single Malt whisky (Page 1 of 23)

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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King Car Conductor Whisky from Taiwan

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Back in 2011 when I started collecting whisky, l managed to find whiskies from the more traditional whisky making countries like Ireland, USA and Canada.  But on one of John’s trips he stumbled across a bottle of Finnish whisky and a bottle of Taiwanese whiskies.  Suddenly the flood gates opened.  There was an explosion of world whisky.  It might have been that the trip opened our eyes to something that has been there all along.  Regardless of the reason, we started noticing world whiskies everywhere and our collection changed to incorporate more world whisky.  To date, I have tasted whiskies from 23 different countries. But one of the first non traditional counties was Kavalan from Taiwan. 

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Peat from Speyside: BenRiach Curiositas

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Whiskies from Speyside are among Scotland’s lightest, sweetest single malts. Situated around the River Spey, Speyside is one of the most densely populated whisky areas in the world.  Over 30 distilleries populate the valley of rivers and glens.  The lack of peat or coastal air has allowed the Speyside region to create a broad style of whiskies that are are lighter, honeyed and refined. Some have heavily sherries influences, but there is an undercurrent of rich malts with toffee and honeyed flavours, paired with nuts and fruity notes.  Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside drams.  Every now and again, an expression comes along that veers off the designated path. Like this BenRiach Curiositas.

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