John went climbing in Iceland two years ago. Not a country that was on my bucket list until we started researching it for his climb. He came back with amazing memories and made us all jealous with photos of the amazing scenery and stories about trolls and sheep. John also had stories about the interesting food such as -Hákarl (putrescent shark meat, which has been preserved) and Hot Spring Rye Bread (dark bread that is baked in special wooden casks that is placed close to hot springs and then left for more than 24 hours).
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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.
Part 2 of my series on affordable blended whisky is the Teacher’s Highland Cream whisky. I first noticed this whisky on one of our trips to India. Our friend in India buys a box full of Teacher’s whisky at a time. It is affordable and very popular in India. One of the cheaper / more affordable blends that I have not tried before, so when I saw it locally in the shop, I thought… why not. It retails for around R 170 ($13) in SA, definitely in the affordable category.
My first blend for 2017, the Firstwatch Imported Whisky. This year, I want to do something a bit different. It is great to try some of the more expensive blends available and over the years, I have managed to taste quite a few interesting (and expensive) blends.
I have had this bottle of Oban 14 yo for so long, I can’t even remember where I got it. The Oban Distillery is situated in the Scottish Highlands near the west coast port of Oban. It was established in 1794 and a bustling seaside town grew around the distillery. It is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland with just 2 pot stills. Oban only releases a small variety of bottlings. They are primarily known for the 14 yo but also have a Distiller’s Edition (finished in Montilla Fino sherry casks) and a NAS Oban Little Bay. The Oban 14 yo is part of the Diageo Classic Malt range.
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