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Three Ships launches Pinotage Finish 15 YO

With increasing competition, as well as consumers looking for something new, we’re seeing whisky producers experimenting more and more with the production process, and especially with cask finishes. Beer, rum, and wine cask finishes- Jameson recently released the Caskmates variant, Glenfiddich have just launched their IPA finish, and Arran have the Madeira Cask finish, to name […]

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The Macallan brings back the Fine Oak Range to SA

When The Macallan discontinued their Fine Oak Range in SA a few years back, I was devastated to say the least. In fact, I’ve been hanging onto my 10 Year Old and 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Fine Oak bottles since then (they’re safely stored in the back of an obscure cupboard). To be honest, I […]

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Johnnie Walker Green Label – Q&A with Simtholile Mnisi

As most of you know, Johnnie Walker has brought back their formidable Green Label variant. I caught up with their Reserve Portfolio Brand Ambassador, Simtholile Mnisi, to establish the reasons for the come-back, as well as if we can expect it to live up to its predecessor. W&G: Why did Johnnie Walker decide to bring […]

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John Walker & Sons enters new era with launch of Odyssey

Arguably the world’s most aspirational whisky brand, Johnnie Walker, recently launched a new line of blended whisky that aims to expand their product line-up further into the super exclusive whisky market , The Johnnie Walker Odyssey. The fine people from Johnnie Walker launched this prestigious whisky at the Eighteen05 bar & lounge located at The […]

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Grant’s Whisky Launches Select Reserve in S.A

Grant’s Whisky, for those who don’t know, is a great everyday blended whisky from the William Grant & Son stable (who also produce Glenfiddich & Balvenie). Their staple is the Grant’s Family Reserve, and the range also included a Sherry Cask finish and the 12 YO, both of which are being discontinued in SA. But don’t despair, […]

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World Whisky Day giveaway

Don’t generally do giveaways or endorse specific brands on my blog, but when a retailer is making a concerted effort to broaden the image and appeal of whisky, I’m all for it! Most whisky lover’s know it’s World Whisky Day on the 16th of May, and in conjunction with Checkers LiquorShop The House of Fine […]

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Interview with Dr Kirstie McCallum

A woman whisky maker is almost as rare as a Bunnahabhain 40 year old, but Dr Kirstie McCallum has defied all odds and was one of the first women to become a whisky maker, a career she began by accident. An analytical chemist by training, she is now the roving, global brand ambassador for several award-winning Scotch whiskies, […]

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Also want a private Glenfiddich Tasting?

Glenfiddich South Africa are at it again. This time they were kind enough to send me their core range, as well as their 14YO Rich Oak for a private tasting I was holding with friends. What could be better than a whisky tasting at a private residence on the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town? Sure, as […]

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Attending Jozi Whisky Live Fesitval? You have the chance to win a rare whisky collection!

Attending the FNB Whisky Live festival is the highlight of every whisky lovers year. This year, they’ve taken it a step further by giving 3 lucky people the chance to win a rare (local) whisky collection. We all know that seeking, drinking, and more importantly  sharing rare whisky is a treat. Unfortunately, there is always that one […]

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Master distiller Andy Watts honoured by town of Wellington

Rugby, cricket, biltong, The Big 5 and braai’s- all things that come to mind when thinking of South Africa. Wine- definitely, brandy-sure, whisky- uh, not so much! That was until Andy Watts hit the scene! As master distiller of the foremost whisky distillery in Africa, Andy has pioneered whisky-making in this country and in doing […]

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