Thirty five years ago, most whisky came from Scotland. The sacred place where whisky is distilled and aged as part of a nearly religious experience. Chivas and Dimple were premium blends that brought tears to grown mens eyes. It was a man’s drink, in a man’s world. Ronald Reagan was president and the Cold War was a reality. It was the time of the Falkland War, the launch of MTV and Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spenser. Chernobyl exploded and the Simpsons were created.
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Chivas Regal, a name that conjures up images of old style whisky, served in an old library. It is a name that, for me, brings back images of my dad relaxing with a “scotch”. Chivas Regal is a name that I have known since childhood. It was one of my dad’s favourites. And that is 40 years ago. This dram’s has a stellar reputation that has stood the test of time.
When friends meet up for a drink, great things tend to happen. I know! When I meet up with my friends for drinks, we solve a world full of problems in an evening. Other friends met up for a drink during a ski holiday and Mackmyra was created. The same is true for the Jameson Caskmates. In 2013, two long time friends met for drinks at a local pub in County Cork, Ireland. The friends were Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science at Jameson Distillery and Shane Long, Head Brewer at local Irish micro-brewery Franciscan Well.
I have been testing and writing about an American Whiskey or Bourbon every month for the last two and a half years, but slowly I am running out of affordable bourbons available in SA to taste and write about. I might have to switch over the Irish whiskey in a month or 2. Anyway, this week I am opening my first Koval, the Koval Bourbon whiskey. It is available in SA through WhiskyBrother or Aficionado’s and a new distillery. Both to my collection and in age.
I always look forward to last weekend in May. This is usually when the world celebrates Ardbeg Day. Ardbeg day started in 2012 and this annual event has been filled with fun and whisky every year since. With loud fanfare, a new limited Ardbeg release is launched and the day is spent tasting and appreciating Ardbeg around the world. From New Zealand and Australia, South Africa, Europe and the USA, special Arbeg themed events turn the day into a world wide party.
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