The whisky fabric is an amazing place. It is full of vibrant people and amazing conversations. Friendships start over a glass of whisky and lasts for many years. Friendships that transcends whisky. The opportunity to all meet up, happens only a few times a year. One of the biggest events of the year is the Annual Whisky and Spirits Live Festival in Sandton at the beginning of November and it is an event every one looks forward to. A chance for friends from all over South Africa to catch up over a glass (or 2) of whisky.
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The start of November. From here, it is only a hand full of sleeps till Christmas and not many more before the start of a new year. But before the year speeds to and end, it is first one of the most anticipated whisky events in Sandton – the Whisky and Spirits Live show. Held on the 8-10th of November at the Sandton Convention Centre, the show this year will, for the first time, incorporate not only whisky, but a variety of local gins and other premium spirits as well.
A couple of months ago I fell in love with a bourbon that was filled to the brim with malva pudding and dark sweet cherries. The Woodford Reserve Double Oaked promised and delivered a wonderful taste experience. At the same time, I also found the Jim Beam Double Oak in the shop and just had to try this too. The Jim Beam Double Oak is CONSIDERABLY more affordable than the Woodford Reserve Double Oak. Could I get the double oak taste experience at a more affordable price? And further, will this Jim Beam Double Oak rival my other Jim Beam favourite, the Jim Beam Black?
I have been trying to pair whisky and olives for ages. I found this amazing little olive shop online. Tapenade sell a wonderful selection of the best olive products from the numerous South African olive estates. I ordered a few different olive products and paired them with various kinds of whisky. But no luck. It did not work. There were a few OK pairings, but nothing that blew my mind. Whisky was not made for olives.