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Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

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Malva pudding is a sweet dessert of Cape Malay origin and well loved throughout South Africa. It contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelized texture. A cream sauce is poured over it while it is hot, and it is usually served hot with
custard or ice-cream  Some people add s Amarula liquor or brandy to the cream sauce .  In winter, it is PERFECT.  Warming, rich, delicious and decadent. Perfect for a Sunday lunch.  It is John’s favorite dessert, so we regularly make it.  However, how did Malva pudding get me to the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

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National Bourbon Day: My top 6 Bourbons

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The 14th of June is National Bourbon Day.  A whole day to celebrate the magic that is the golden liquid from the USA.   For a whiskey to classify as bourbon it must be made in the U.SA. In addition, its mash bill (mix of grains from which bourbon is distilled) must comprise at least 51% and no more than 79% Indian corn.  Besides corn, the other grains used, include malted barley and either rye or wheat. Bourbon must be aged at least two years in a new, charred oak barrel made from American White Oak.

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Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel whiskey

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During March this year, I got to meet Cam Dawson at a Jack Daniel’s function and taste a few interesting Jack Daniel’s releases. It was a great function that introduces a few whisky friends to more of how Jack Daniel’s is made.  We got to taste a variety of releases, however the Jack Daniel’s release that impressed me most, was the Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel.  I liked it so much, I went out and bought a bottle.  At R600 a bottle, it is not too expensive and quite readily available. 

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Koval Bourbon Single Barrel Whiskey

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I have been testing and writing about an American Whiskey or Bourbon every month for the last two and a half years, but slowly I am running out of affordable bourbons available in SA to taste and write about.   I might have to switch over the Irish whiskey in a month or 2. Anyway, this week I am opening my first Koval, the Koval Bourbon whiskey.  It is available in SA through WhiskyBrother or Aficionado’s and a new distillery. Both to my collection and in age.  

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An afternoon with Jack Daniel’s & Woodford Reserve

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The invite said Bar Ber Black Sheep…  My first thought … spelling error?  The song is BaBa black sheep.  But Google quickly corrected me and directed me to Rosebanks’ new hip and happening spot.  Park Corner, a  new development on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Bolton Road in Johannesburg.  A barber and a bar combined.   A place to meet up with some friends and get a haircut.  All in 1 afternoon.  Quirky, but quite cool.  The function was the American Whisky tasting and food pairing experience with Brown Forman’s American Whiskey ambassador Cam Dawson together with Jack Daniel’s and Woodford Reserve. 

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