Whisky of the Week

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Category: Single Malt whisky (Page 2 of 25)

Checkers Private Barrel Co No 68 Single Malt

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Founded in 2012 and celebrated on the third Saturday in May, World Whisky Day is a global event to celebrate all that is whisky or whiskey. An opportunity to bring people together and to share a glass of your favorite dram.  This year Checkers invited a group of whisky lovers around the country to participate in a special twitter tasting.  An event to celebrate the friendship that whisky create.

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Balvenie Triple Cask 16 yo Whisky

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One of the best things for me about whisky is the opportunity to open it celebrate something special.   Opening a new bottle and discover something different and exciting.  You create memories when you open a bottle to celebrate a special occasion. Months later, when you opening up that bottle again, you are immediately reminded you of what you have achieved and celebrated.  

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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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