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Whisky for the red wine loving mom

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It was one of those weeks!  Frequent tantrums, fights about breakfast and school assignments  not finished. Getting stuck in traffic, with deadlines looming larger than the truck you are stuck behind. Afternoon rush from ballet to swimming, soccer to extra maths, all with a grumpy toddler in tow. The husband down with man flu and the geyser breaking and no hot water.  After a week like this, a glass of red wine is just not going to cut it.

You need something with a bit more oomph to get this weekend started. Something that allows you a bit of space to breath.  To regroup.  Something that warms you up from the inside and gives you a chance to relax. 

But what?  The variety of liquor available in the store is overwhelming.   To make it easier, I looked at a few whiskies that will work for the Red Wine Loving Mom.  I took some of my favourite red wine types and matched them with different whisky. Looking at the different flavour notes in each and matching them.  

Red Wine loving mom: Do you love a Pinotage?

Whisky for the red wine loving mom Pinotage

Pinotage wine is traditionally associated with flavors of purple and black fruits, like plum and blackberry with hints of smoke, bacon and licorice.   Grab yourself a Singleton Tailfire or a Three Ships Pinotage Cask. These drams hit all the right fruity notes that a Pinotage has. 

The Singleton Tailfire has notes of caramel, candied fruit, fruity Christmas cake and hints of chocolate cherries.  Malt and fruits of the forest notes flirt around the background.

The Three Ships Pinotage Cask is VERY special.  Finished in Pinotage Casks, it is bursting with notes of berries, sweet caramel, fresh apples, vanilla, oak, butterscotch, strawberry jam and grapes. It is big and bold and just lovely! 

Want a bit more of a bigger bite?  Try the GlenDronach 16 yo Platinum.  With its notes of  dates, raisins, fruitcake and nuts.  Hints of spice and cinnamon with some wood and smoke in the background.  This is sure the hit the spot. 

These drams pair wonderful with spicy food such as a biryani or a BBQ.

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Red Wine loving mom: Are you a Sweet Red wine drinker? 

Whisky for the red wine loving mom Sweet red

Many red wine drinkers has a sweet tooth and a sweet red is a perfect way of getting the red with more sweetness.  Sweet red wines  have notes of fruity jam with raspberry and cherry for a softer and smoother finish.  If this is your kind of wine, you should try the Glenfiddich Rich Oak or the Chivas Extra.  If you like more of the cherry notes, try the Naked Grouse. 

The Glenfiddich Rich Oak is  easy drinking, smooth and nicely balanced.  Sultanas and juicy Grape Jelly mixed with honey sweetness.  There is an abundance of oak, spice  and hints of bubblegum and Muscadel wine.  How nice does this sound?

Chivas Extra is an affordable dram with loads of fruity sweetness mixed with pears, warming nutmeg and caramel.  Delicate and fresh with hints of cherries. 

Something sweeter is the Naked Grouse.  It is filled with sweet notes of toffee, caramel and vanilla.  Hints of cherry and ripe red fruits float around plump cherries and bits of butterscotch. 

These drams should pair well with grilled veggies and marinated steaks. 

Red Wine loving mom: What about a Cabernet Sauvignon?

Whisky for the red wine loving mom Cabernet Sauvignon

Together with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the two most planted wine varieties in the world.  It has notes of dark fruits black pepper, green pepper corn and oak.    A Cabernet Sauvignon is bold, spicy and less sweet, so to replace this big bold red wine, you can go for a big bold whisky. 

A whisky with big spicy notes is the Black Grouse.  It has notes of peat and smoke mixed with  chocolate sweetness and oak.  There are notes of spice, especially ginger and black pepper notes come through. 

Something sweeter, but big bold and spicy is the Knob Creek Bourbon.  This Kentucky Bourbon  has notes of sweet maple, oak and hints of caramel and raisins.  It packs a big flavor punch with vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin spice balanced with oak.

Another option is the Macallan Fine Oak 12 yo  It has brings the warm spicy woodiness of the Cabernet Sauvignon balanced with nectarines, sugared almonds and vanilla toffee. There are notes of dark sherry, and rich and sweet with plump raisins.

These drams goes well with ribeye steak or a gruyere cheese burger or a mac and cheese. 

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One Messy Mama



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  1. Great advice! I would have no idea where to begin with Whisky but have some knowledge of wine! I love that you’ve paired them wit food too!

  2. ooh I’d really like to try these! #DreamTeam

  3. I not a massive drinker but these would be great gifts for my father in law . Thanks for the post! #globalblogging

  4. This is a PERFECT gift idea for a couple of friend’s who love red wine while I prefer a liquor. #GlobalBlogging

  5. Hi, I love this so much, I am going to try your recommendation for the Cab Sav as that is my red vino of choice. I have a whisky drinking husband who will be impressed with my new knowledge. Love the site and am following. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      Thank you for the feedback. Let me know what you try.

  6. I happen to have a few bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon and Knob Creek in the cabinet at home. 😉
    I am a red wine and whiskey loving mama. <3

  7. I am a red wine loving mom. All of these options sound like something I would try. I’m always hesitant about branching out to other un-tried drinks, but your breakdown may make my choice easier!

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