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.
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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.
Back in 2011 when I started collecting whisky, l managed to find whiskies from the more traditional whisky making countries like Ireland, USA and Canada. But on one of John’s trips he stumbled across a bottle of Finnish whisky and a bottle of Taiwanese whiskies. Suddenly the flood gates opened. There was an explosion of world whisky. It might have been that the trip opened our eyes to something that has been there all along. Regardless of the reason, we started noticing world whiskies everywhere and our collection changed to incorporate more world whisky. To date, I have tasted whiskies from 23 different countries. But one of the first non traditional counties was Kavalan from Taiwan.
The Bushmills 16 yo is probably one of the dustiest bottles in my collection. I have had this bottle for more than 8 years and although we have tried it a few times, I have never written about it. With all the new whisky arrivals, it got moved right to the back of my whisky cupboard and in December, while sorting and organizing, I stumbled across it again. So it made it to my tasting list early in 2017.
The year 2016 started with a BANG. I started my tasting year with a special South African Dram. It was the Three Ships PX Cask, the first in their Three Ships Masters Collection. This year, I am fortunate to start on an even bigger BANG. First up is another Three Ships Masters Collection release, the Three Ships Pinotage Cask Finish. A 15 yo blend from the beautiful Wellington in the Western Cape. What makes it so very special is the aging in the Pinotage Casks.
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