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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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Kavalan Masterclass dazzles at The Table Bay

On Saturday 20 June, Aficionados hosted the Kavalan Master Class with Master Blender & Global Brand Ambassador, Ian Chang. The event was held at the Table Bay Hotel, a high class venue suitable for a whisky that was awarded World’s Best by World Whiskies Awards this year. At 3pm, guests were asked to take their […]

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The perfect tasting with Bruichladdich

You may recall that about 2 weeks ago, I held what very well may be, the world’s first live Periscope whisky tasting, in conjunction with Bruichladdich. Well for those of you who didn’t join us, it was really something special. Cape Town decided to show-off, the weather was a perfect 25 degrees, which just enhanced […]

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Live Bruichladdich tasting on Periscope

I recently met the Brand Ambassador for one of my favourite whiskies, Bruichladdich (Pronounced “Brook-laddie”), and approached him to organise a private tasting for 10 guests, at an exclusively private venue on the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town, South Africa. Bruichladdich produces three distinct brands of single malts at three different peating levels. Bruichladdich whiskies are […]

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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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Has the world gone soft, or is their whisky just Bold(er)?

Black Bottle has always communicated a bold presence, purely because of it’s bold flavours and peaty taste, and now they’ve gone back to their roots by bringing back its distinctive black bottle after a break of a century.  As some of you might know, I come from a marketing background and often analyse the design […]

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Can gravity have an impact on the whisky maturation process?

Ardbeg is about to find out! 3 years go samples of the Ardbeg-crafted molecules arrived at International Space Station (ISS). The samples will be landing back on planet earth on 12th September 2014, and to commemorate the return Ardbeg is releasing a new expression of their peatiest single malt: the highly sought-after Supernova, which is fittingly named after a […]

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