Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve

Whisky: The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve, 44% R840 ≈ £60

The original Dalmore Cigar Malt was discontinued in 2009, only to return as this Cigar Malt Reserve in early 2012.  The label says “limited edition”, not really sure why. I can only assume this is to cover Dalmore in case the expression doesn’t do well and they decide to pull it. Three different casks have been used in combination: American white oak ex-bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso sherry butts and Cabernet Sauvignon barriques.

Nose: Malty richness with More >

Whisky Dinner at Licorish with Compass Box

Join us at Licorish next Thursday for a lovely evening with great food and whiskies. We’ve booked out the entire restaurant so there is plenty of room for friends and family. The evening includes a 3-course meal paired with Compass Box whiskies as well as Great King St. as a welcome drink and Orangie for dessert.


Wine & Malt Whisky Affair 2013

Just a quick post to let all the whisky-lovers in Joburg know that next week there is a mini whisky festival happening, and you should all be there for some great drams! This is the 3rd Wine & Malt Whisky Affair and I think it’s safe to say this is now an annual event and should be eagerly anticipated. The last two events have been great successes and offer a much needed additional whisky event over and above the Whisky Live Festival (WLF).

The Wine & Malt Whisky Affair is smaller and allows more intimacy between More >

Meet John Quinn from Tullamore DEW

Being a blogger (even the half-arsed one I am) occasionally presents the opportunity to attend a whiskey* event or meet a whiskey personality. In SA these opportunities are rather uncommon (although each year there seem to be more of them) so if available I make a point of accepting any and all invitations. Usually the event is a good excuse to catch-up with some fellow whiskey enthusiasts over a dram, but on the rare occasion it presents the chance to sample something rare or meet a whiskey luminary.

Meeting More >

Ardbeg Blasda

Whisky: Ardbeg Blasda NAS, 40% ± £70 ≈ R1 000, unavailable in SA

Released in 2008, Blasda (Gaelic for sweet and delicious) presents an opportunity to experience Ardbeg in a different light: Chill-filtered, bottled at the minimum 40% ABV and peated to only 8ppm. The release was limited (a few thousand bottles?), and although it was fairly easy to find overseas it is getting harder (and more expensive) to find. Grab a bottle if you see one while travelling.

Nose: Easily identifiable as an Ardbeg but with the smoke More >

Meet the Maker: Andy Watts

If by some unlikely chance you’ve been cut-off from current whisky events for the last several years, you may not be aware of a little-distillery-that-could based in the heart of South Africa’s Cape winelands. The James Sedgwick Distillery has a history dating back to 1886, and for the last 20+ years has been steered by master distiller and distillery manager, Andy Watts.

Andy (if you don’t mind me calling you that Sir), is a whisky legend. And yes, I’m bias. Although not single-handed (every good captain needs a More >

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