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Speyburn Bradan Orach Single Malt whisky

Speyburn Bradan Orach Single Malt whisky header

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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Chivas Regal 12 yo Blended whisky

Chivas Regal 12 yo blended whisky header

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. 

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Caol Ila 12 yo Whisky from Islay

Caol Ila 12 yo whisky header

For the last 10 or more years during June, there is a Oyster, Wine & Food Festival in Johannesburg where  in excess of 60 000 oysters from Knysna gets consumed and appreciated together with a variety of other foods and wine.  It is always a very popular activity.  Out in the winter sunshine, with friends, good music, fun food, what more can you ask of in the perfect weekend.   But I have to admit something… when we taste oysters, we always take a small flask of Caol Ila 12 yo with us.  Nothing enhances the taste of fresh Knysna oysters better than this peaty smoky Islay dram.  It is total perfection. 

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Wemyss Malts Dark Chocolate Orange

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April and Easter is chocolate month. Chocolate bunnies, eggs, even chocolate chickens can be found in most of the shops.  Even in my house, there is chocolate everywhere.  I keep on finding lost (hidden) chocolate eggs in strange places.  I am not complaining.  My love for chocolate is well known… and this time of the year… It is a requirement to eat chocolate.  With all the chocolate around the house, I realized, I have not blogged about my favorite chocolate whisky – The Wemyss Malts Dark Chocolate Orange!   

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Teacher’s Highland Cream Whisky

Teachers whisky header Teacher’s Highland Cream

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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