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Tag: Caol Ila Distillery

Top 5 Single Malt 2017 under R 900

Top 5 single malts 2017 header Top 5 Single Malt 2017

What a year 2017 was.  It started with the swearing in of a new USA president who did not wait very long before he started signing Executive Orders. Britain officially began the process of leaving the European Union by triggering the Article 50 and “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” had everyone on the edge of their seats. In between all of this, we drank whisky, celebrated happy occasions and now start the count down to 2018. 

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A flashback to my younger days: Bell’s Special Reserve

Bells Special Reserve blended whisky

One of my favourite whiskies during my student days was a Bell’s. It was a bit more upmarket than the really cheap nasty bottles with “whiskey” printed on it.  Best of all, it was affordable and accessible. We spent many a nights solving world problems around a bottle of Bell’s. But after university, my taste (and budget) changed and I have not had a Bell’s in many, many years.

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Compass Box Peat Monster Blended whisky

Compasbox Peat Monster blended whisky

The Peat Monster is part of the Signature Range from the Compass Box Whisky Co. Compass Box is a specialist small batch Scotch whisky maker.  American ex-pat John Glaser started Compass Box Whisky Company in 2000. His vision has been to create one of Scotland’s finest and most exciting whisky companies, re-establishing the standards for quality and style in the industry. Compass Box does not distill any of the whiskies used in its blends. The company’s whisky makers select distillates from a number of existing Scotch whisky distilleries, specifically malts from Ardmore, Caol Ila, Clynelish, Dailuaine, Glen Elgin, Laphroaig and Teaninich.

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Balvenie Portwood & White Rock pairing

Balvenie Portwood and White Rock cheese pairing

Last week we tried the whisky cheese pairing of Caol Ila 12 yo and Woolworths White Rock Cheese with Cranberries in the hope of creating a great exotic whisky cheese pairing that works really well.  Sadly, it did not work at all.  We went back to the drawing board.  What whisky will match this sweet dessert cheese but not overwhelm it?  What whisky will allow this cheese to bring out its sweet flavours? What combination will bring the two together in harmony? Taking a step back, the White Rock cheese is fundamentally a white veined blue cheese.

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Caol Ila 12yo whisky & White Rock cheese pairing

whisky and cheese pairing

After the success of our Laphroaig Cask Strength whisky and Stilton Blue Cheese pairing, we were keen to see what other interesting whisky cheese pairing we would find. The results indicated that a full-bodied peaty whisky works well with a strong tasting cheese.  We  found a creamy White Rock with Cranberries at Woolworths that looked delicious.

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