Every month, Whisky Brother Shop publish their top 5 sellers for the month. It is always interesting to see the old favorites (Glenmorangie, Ardbeg and Glendronach) share space with newcomers. The June the list had an interesting surprise. Obviously, after Ardbeg Day at the end of May, it was expected that the Ardbeg Kelpie will make an appearance. However number 2 on the list was interesting. A South African whisky aged in Brandy Casks – Boplaas whisky.
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Strange how the mind works. Well, my mind anyway. It stores away random bits of information, only to be triggered by a totally unrelated event. The cocktail for this month was inspired by such an trigger. Rather, 1 event and 1 blog article that I read – totally unrelated. A blog post by one of my favorite Parenting Lifestyle bloggers about Coconut chocolate milk and a visit from a dear friend who brought a bottle of rum with him.
Gin made in the shade of the famous Pretoria jacaranda trees, at the foothills of the Magalies mountains, next to the Apies River. It is true! I was fortunate to go and investigate a small gin distillery a few weeks ago and interview Kelly Duncan, the head and heart behind this interesting start up. Kelly is a successful business consultant who’s curiosity lead her to gin distilling. The question of how gin is made, prompted her to do a distilling course and then the gin bug bit.