Deadlines, and more deadlines to finish up projects. On top of that you went house hunting in a new city with sick kids in tow and had to find new a suitable school for the little ones. Pictures on property sites only show the good of the house. You have seen enough water damage, funny architectural features and cat stained carpets to last you a lifetime. Now you still need to pack the current house and finish up the school year, while hubby is already living far away. Following on from my previous article about Red Wine, if your glass of white wine is just not going to make this week better – it is time to bring out the big guns.
My never ending quest to find affordable, drinkable whisky. Finding well priced blended whiskies is rather easy. There are plenty of them around and some of them are actually quite good. However, the Single Malt group, is a different story. There are not too many new Single Malts at a good price available locally in South Africa. With the worldwide increase in Single Malt prices and our unstable currency, it might become even more difficult in future. My ongoing search led me to the Muirhead Silver Seal Maturity Single malt. I found it at a Pick n Pay. I have never heard of Muirhead, but it was in the affordable category, so I grabbed it.
Our whisky cheese pairing experiments are enjoyable. We love hunting down interesting cheese and reading up on it and then try to find whisky that will work. It leads to a lot of failures. My database of what does not work, is bigger than the list of what works. But it does not matter. For each tasting, we sit down, have some laughs, try some whisky and just have fun. What better way to spend a late Saturday afternoon? On Friday I found a delicious looking Red Leicester at Checkers.
After the positive feedback on the 2014 Top 5 Single Malt list, we decided to compile a Top 5 Single Malts list again – 2015 Edition. Finding single malt whiskies under R500 is becoming rather difficult. I had to up the price limit on this category a bit. I am sure there are great Single Malt whiskies under R500, we have just not tasted them yet. This list documents drams that we tried and rated Excellent over the last year or 2.