The year 2016 started with a BANG. I started my tasting year with a special South African Dram. It was the Three Ships PX Cask, the first in their Three Ships Masters Collection. This year, I am fortunate to start on an even bigger BANG. First up is another Three Ships Masters Collection release, the Three Ships Pinotage Cask Finish. A 15 yo blend from the beautiful Wellington in the Western Cape. What makes it so very special is the aging in the Pinotage Casks.
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One of the last things I do on the blog for each year is choose my top whisky for the year. I take a look at all the whiskies that was rated Divine and through a blind taste test, I find who is the ultimate winner – my Whisky of the Year. I have tried some amazing drams over the years. And this year is no exception. During this year, there has been wonderful whiskies that left a smile on our faces but also a few that had me reach for the antacids.
John got this bottle of 21 yo Glenfiddich Gran Reserva as a gift and I decided why not. Lets end this year on an old note. We stared this year with the Three Ships PX cask. We will start next year with the Three Ships Pinotage Cask. But first, I end 2016 on a high note with the Glenfiddich Gran Reserva finished in Caribbean Rum casks.
I have often written about our love for Ballantine’s whisky. Ballantine’s Finest was the first blended dram to earn our Divine rating. Not even our beloved Johnnie Walker Black could achieve that. We try to extend our Ballantine’s whisky collection whenever we can. Chivas Brothers launched four Ballantine’s expressions under the new line, Signature Distillery Editions. Scapa (targeted at the Korean market), Glenburgie (release for travel retail), Miltonduff and Glentauchers.
The sea is my happy place. I sleep like a rock when I hear the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. I love to walk for miles and miles on the beach, looking for shells and dreaming away. We all have such a place. A place where the cares of the day, the stress of work, the burdens that we carry, just disappear. A place that makes us happy. For some people it is the mountains. John and our friend Walter find peace when they go climbing.
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