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.
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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. However, the higher priced blends are not always worth it and I was wondering if some of the inexpensive blends are worthwhile. So this year, in terms of blended whisky, I am drinking my way through the bottom of the budget. Whisky that retail for less than R250 per bottle. (In currency terms, that is drinkable whisky for around $18 or GBP 15)
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.
We have been exploring all kinds of whisky / whiskey / bourbon over the last couple of years. We started out with the ‘strictly’ Scottish Single Malts and Blends and then moved to world whiskies. Both Blends and Single Malts. We have tasted our way around the globe with some wonderful drams. From India, Taiwan to South Africa, Europe and Australia. From there we moved over to the Kentucky Bourbons and Tennessee whiskies. I have a sweet palate and have fallen in love with the sweeter bourbon notes. A good bourbon choice is not always readily available in South Africa and with the collapse of our currency, the available selection is getting even smaller. So this week, lets try the Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
One of the more dusty bottles in our collection is the Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve. The Dalmore has been part of our collection at least 9 years and we have barely touched it. Dalmore is located on the northern shores of the Firth of Cromarty, part of the Scottish Highlands. Dalmore was founded by Alexander Matheson in 1839. After building The Dalmore and running it for 28 years, Alexander Matheson decided in 1867 it was time to pass on the distillery to new owners. Andrew and Charles Mackenzie stepped forward.
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