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SA’s first Gin Club – The Gin Box

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World wide gin is huge.  According to the market research firm Euromonitor, global gin volume jumped nearly 15 percent between 2011 and 2016, reaching 632.2 million liters in 2016. According to Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA), the UK alone, exported £474 million worth of gin in 2016 and the figures is expected to hit £500m before the end of 2017.

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Maker’s 46 Kentucky Bourbon

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The blood red wax top gives it away.  There is no mistaking a Maker’s Mark.  The golden liquid on the inside is just as distinct as the  red wax seal is.  John and I love our bottle of Maker’s Mark.  It needs replacing more frequently than any other of our bourbons.  Both of us have been lusting after the Maker’s 46 for some time.  On one of John’s frequent travels, he managed to get his hands on this release.    Not long after, I heard a bird whisper that the Maker’s 46 will be available in SA from October, so we don’t need to treat this bottle with care.  We will be able to replace it again without to much drama.

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Whisky and Wensleydale cheese pairing

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These past couple of weekend I have been testing a lot of whisky and cheese pairings again.  After the craziness that was June and July, weekends have slowed down and lefts some space for experimenting. Sitting back, grabbing a few whiskies, opening up some interesting cheese and in general just relaxing a bit.   I tried a goats cheese and bourbon pairings, but that elicited a rather negative response from John. 

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Dewar’s 12 yo Blended whisky

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I am always looking for interesting whisky at a good price.  Call it the frugal Dutch side of me, but I don’t think expensive necessarily equals good.  These last couple of years I have managed to find great blends and single malt whiskies at affordable prices.  Whiskies that you can buy 2 or 3 bottles of and not survive on dry bread for the rest of the month. I publish my top 5 affordable Single Malt and Blends list yearly.    This year however, has been a challenge.  I am over the halfway mark and I have not really found too many delicious “new” affordable drams.   My top 5 list for 2017 was looking a bit bare.  

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JP Wiser’s Deluxe Canadian Rye Whisky

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Canada celebrated their 150 year anniversary on the 1st of July.  I was fortunate to be in Canada during this celebrations and it was special to raise a glass (or 2) in celebration.  One of the glasses we raised was filled with JP Wiser’s Deluxe. I spent quit a bit of time rummaging through Canadian liquor stores during our trip.  It was very interesting to see all the flavored whiskies available.  Flavoured whisky is not really available in SA. The occasional JD Honey, but nothing as exotic as what I found in Canada.  

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