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Scottish Leader 12 yo Blended whisky

Scottish Leader 12 yo blended whisky header

Towards the end of 2016, I was fortunate to attend the launch of a new whisky release in South Africa. The Scottish Leader 12 yo has been a long standing favourite in the East and lucky for us, have now reached the South African shores. Scottish Leader is a well known brand around the world. The Original and Signature releases are popular in South Africa and now they have extended their South African presence with the 12 yo.

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Top 5 Blends 2016 Edition (under R500!)

top 5 blends 2016 edition-under R500

It is nearly December and that means time for my Top 6 Blends 2016 Edition. This is the third year that I do my popular post on delicious affordable drams to buy. Same as last year, these are all drams I have tasted and really liked. You can with confidence, buy these drams as a gift for someone special or for yourself.   Making shopping easier, one whisky at a time.

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There’s a new Leader in town: Scottish Leader 12 yo

Scottish Leader 12 yo - Photo by Johann Botha (www.iphotosa.com)

Scottish Leader 12 yo – Photo by Johann Botha (www.iphotosa.com)

And what an exceptional Leader it is! Last week saw the glittering launch of the new Scottish Leader 12 yo in South Africa. I was fortunate to be invited to this glamorous affair at Fox Junction in Johannesburg.  Together with many of South Africa’s young movers, shakers and influencers, we got the opportunity to taste something really special.

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An Old Fashioned with Scottish Leader

Old Fashioned cocktail with Scottish Leader Original

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to be part of the Glenfiddich Most Experimental Bartender competition as a judge. The winning bartender was Michael Stephenson from the Lucky Shaker and I had the opportunity to chat to him about inspiration and cocktails. He mentioned that his favourite cocktail is an Old Fashioned and that got me thinking. Exactly where is this famous cocktail from and how difficult is it to make for myself?

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Whisky & Royal Ashton cheese pairing

Whisky and Royal Ashton Cheese pairing

In 1993, quotas was imposed on milk production and this forced Eckhard Leicher from La Montanara to look for a new way of selling the surplus milk. He attended a cheese making course and started making cheese on a small-scale. In 1999, the cheesery was upgraded and today the cheese making business has taken over from  farming.

La Montanara is situated at the foot of the Langeberg mountains, between Ashton and Swellendam. This region, has a micro climate ideally suited for dairy-farming.

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