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Whisky for the red wine loving mom

Whisky for the red wine loving mom Red Wine Header

It was one of those weeks!  Frequent tantrums, fights about breakfast and school assignments  not finished. Getting stuck in traffic, with deadlines looming larger than the truck you are stuck behind. Afternoon rush from ballet to swimming, soccer to extra maths, all with a grumpy toddler in tow. The husband down with man flu and the geyser breaking and no hot water.  After a week like this, a glass of red wine is just not going to cut it.

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Shall we try Naked? Naked Grouse

Naked Grouse Blended whisky

In addition to our regular single malt favourites, to spice things up, we have added a blended whisky to our tasting schedule every now and again. Last year, this led us to the Black Grouse which we loved and which we paired with some spicy Indian food. On reading up about the Grouse brand, I noted that they made a Naked Grouse version. And with a name like that… we had to have it. So, on the way back from London, I grabbed this award-winning Grouse. I see that it is available in SA as well. The Famous Grouse is a brand of blended Scotch whisky, first produced by Matthew Gloag & Son.

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Highland Park 1997 Vintage Single Malt

Highland Park 1997 Vintage single malt whisky

Highland Park distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery founded in Kirkwall, Orkney. Sweeping plains of barley fields and rocky outcrops dots the landscape around Highland Park. It is the most northerly whisky distillery in Scotland, about a kilometer further north-east than that Scapa distillery. Highland Park was founded in 1798 and officially licensed in 1826. The name Highland Park does not refer to ‘The Highland’ area of Scotland. It refers to the point that the distillery was founded on an area called ‘High Park’ distinguished from a lower area nearby.

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Pink Valentine’s Day Cocktails with whisky

valentine day cocktails

Occasionally a girl friend would ask me about  whisky.  Where do they start and what do they start with, are typical questions.  My advice is always that the best place to start is a tasting session where someone can guide you. If, however, you do not have access to a tasting session, buying some whisky and making whisky cocktails is not a bad option.  So, with Valentine’s Day coming up, what better excuse for some pink whisky cocktails.

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The Famous Grouse Blended whisky

The Famous Grouse blended whisky

The Famous Grouse is a brand of blended Scotch whisky, first produced by Matthew Gloag & Son. Owned and produced by The Edrington Group, this famous blend is made up of various well know distilleries. Most notably whisky from The Macallan, The Glenrothes and Highland Park. Furthermore, 65% of the spirit content is grain whisky.  I have tried the Black Grouse, their peaty expression, and loved it.  We found that the Black Grouse also pairs well with Indian food.

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