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Tag: Scottish Whisky (Page 1 of 29)

Glen Scotia Double Cask Whisky

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There is a whisky region that almost disappeared.  Around a century ago Campbeltown was the most prolific of all of Scotland’s whisky regions. There were more than 20 distilleries in the small geographic whisky region. This dwindled down to just 3.  One of the reasons for the decline was the fact that most distilleries in the Campbeltown region had a strong focus on quantity instead of quality.

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Catto’s Blended Rare Old Scottish whisky

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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. 

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Tamdhu 10 yo single malt whisky

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The first thing that drew me to the Tamdhu was the bottle shape. In between all the similar shaped bottles, the beautiful shaped Tamdhu bottles stood out. The old fashioned beveled bottle reflects the light like a crystal.  Regardless of the taste, I wanted the bottle for the shape.  Then I went to read up about this Speyside distillery and I just had to taste the Tamdhu 10 yo.

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Baby it’s cold outside: Top 5 Winter whiskies

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Baby, it’s cold outside!  It is winter in the Southern Hemisphere.  Short days, cold nights and frost on the ground.  Some parts have snow, rain or slush, depending on where you live.  Here in Johannesburg, the mornings start out really cold, then it warms up a bit, just to cool down as the sun sets and it gets really cold at night.  It is time for warm chunky jerseys, hearty vegetable soups and hot chocolate with marshmallows.  It is time for lighting the fireplace and sitting back with a book under a blanket.  For me, winter is a time for introspection and being at home. 

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Speyburn Bradan Orach Single Malt whisky

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At the end of each year, I look back at what I tasted  and make a few lists.  I list my Top 5 Single Malt and my Top 5 Blended whiskies.  All whiskies that I have tasted during the year and that fall in the affordable category.  The Top 5 Blended whisky list is easy.  There are plenty of blends available in the affordable category (Under R500 / $ 38).  Creating the  Top 5 Single malt category is somewhat more difficult and the price point sits at around R 750 / $ 57. Reasonably priced single malts are a lot more difficult to find.  

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