The next edition in my affordable blended whisky series; this week I look at the Catto’s Blended Rare Old Scottish whisky. It retails for around R 300. Is is affordable and still under R500, but not cheap. It is in the same price range as the Johnnie Walker Black. Catto is part of the International Beverage Ltd company who’s Single malt portfolio include Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc and Speyburn.
Tag: Balblair Distillery
A month or so ago, I got invited to join Paul laCock from Aficionados and a few fellow tweeters for a Balblair Twitter tasting (BalblairTT). The range we tried included the Balblair 90, Balblair 03 and the one I liked the most, the Balblair 1999. The Balblair 1999 was a real “sit down and think of life” dram. Rich, fruity sweet, full-bodied…. Delicious! It made me realize that, although we have made quite a dent in our own bottle of Balblair and photographed it extensively, I have never captured the tasting notes or written about it. So here goes, the Balblair 2000 release.
In 1993, quotas was imposed on milk production and this forced Eckhard Leicher from La Montanara to look for a new way of selling the surplus milk. He attended a cheese making course and started making cheese on a small-scale. In 1999, the cheesery was upgraded and today the cheese making business has taken over from farming.
La Montanara is situated at the foot of the Langeberg mountains, between Ashton and Swellendam. This region, has a micro climate ideally suited for dairy-farming.
A couple of days ago, a friend asked for some advice. She needed to buy whisky as a gift but did not know where to start. Walking into a bottle store can be a daunting experience. The sheer volume of products available make choosing tough. And knowing what whisky is worth buying within a smallish budget can be doubly difficult. And she needed to impress with something exceptional.