Whisky of the Week

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Whisky for the white wine loving mom

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Deadlines, and more deadlines to finish up projects.  On top of that you went house hunting in a new city with sick kids in tow and had to find new a suitable school for the little ones.  Pictures on property sites only show the good of the house.  You have seen enough water damage, funny architectural features and cat stained carpets to last you a lifetime.  Now you still need to pack the current house and finish up the school year, while hubby is already living far away.  Following on from my previous article about Red Wine,  if your glass of white wine is just not going to make this week better – it is time to bring out the big guns. 

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It was a dark and stormy night…

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It was a dark and stormy night… Thunder storms are a regular occurrence in summer.  After a hot day, afternoons cool down with dark clouds gathering and lightning that streak across the sky.  When a storm hit in the dark of night, it can be really scary.  I was standing in the doorway, listening to the thunder and seeing the lighting flash accross the horizon.  The wind howling around the house and rattling at the windows;  rain pouring on the roof.  The noice made by the storm drowned out all other sounds.

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From Japan: Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

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Some time ago, we managed to get our hands on a bottle of the Nikka Single Cask Coffey Grain whisky on one of the whisky auctions. We tried the Nikka Miyagikyo during 2014 and loved it. So to add another Japanese whisky to our collection, was for us, a great treat. Our bottle was distilled during 1992 and bottled in 2007.   Nikka is a subsidiary of the Asahi brewing company. Nikka was founded in 1934 and now owns two distilleries; Miyagikyo and Yoichi.  What makes this specific Japanese whisky so interesting is that it is a grain whisky.

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Nikka Miyagikyo Whisky from Japan

Nikka Miyagikyo single malt whiskyDuring the past December we tasted the Japanese Yamazaki whisky. We really enjoyed it and rated it excellent.  This prompted us to start looking around for more Japanese whisky. Another big player in the Japanese whisky industry is Nikka – a subsidiary of the Asahi brewing company. Nikka was founded in 1934 and now owns two distilleries; Miyagikyo (built in 1969) and Yoichi (est. 1934).  In 1918, Masataka Taketsuru, son of a sake brewing family, was recruited by the Settsu Shuzo Company to produce the first authentic Japanese whisky.

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Sinterklaas Edition : New Arrivals

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Although I grew up in South Africa, my family celebrated the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas at the beginning of December, instead of Christmas on the 25th.  My youth was filled with memories of December evenings, listening out for the knocking on the door that indicated presents had arrived.  My father always managed to make the sounds of Sinterklaas knocking on the door without them noticing and it is one of my fondest childhood memories.  It is a tradition that we are continuing for our daughter as well.

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