Oct 23, 2014
It’s that time of year again folks! Yup, the 12th FNB Whisky Live Festival is about to roll into Johannesburg and take up residence at the Sandton Convention Centre for another 3 days from 12-14 November.
What can you expect at Whisky Live this year?
As usual, there is plenty on the go from workshops to private tastings and more. Some things to watch out for include:
The 2014 edition of John Walker...
Sep 17, 2014
I’m a bit of a romantic when it comes to whisky and the whisky industry in general. Instead of seeing companies pushing products to make a profit for their shareholders I see skilled artisans and creative artists plying their craft in the pursuit of producing the perfect dram, or at least ensuring that the consistency and quality of their spirit remains unwavering, decade to decade. Brand...
Jun 14, 2014
My father may not have taught me anything about whisky, but I did learn a lot about the man I wanted to become from him. He has always been my primary role model when growing up, and I’d like to think that I walk in his footsteps when it comes to this selection of some of the things he taught me or showed me by example…
Protect Your Loved Ones
My father grew up in a military family, the...
Jun 3, 2014
You may remember me tasting the Private Barrel Co range from Checkers at the launch event they held last year. When in my local Checkers LiquorShop last week to stock up on my supply of the Private Barrel Co Mortlach 14yo (love it!), I spotted a new whisky in the range, called No. 39. So what exactly *is* No. 39 then?
Checkers are doing for their House of Fine Whisky selection what they’ve done for...
May 6, 2014
For the fourth year in a row, Wade Bales will be delighting wine and whisky lovers in Johannesburg at the Kaya FM Wine & Malt Whisky Affair brought to you by Old Mutual in association with Wade Bales Wine Society. Two nights of sheer indulgence with a stellar line-up of whiskies and wines, running from 29th May – 30th May 2014 at The Firs in Rosebank.
Carry on reading about the details of the...
Apr 20, 2014
I’ve threatened a few times over the past couple of years to host an online whisky tasting, but haven’t organised one yet. So the honour of hosting SA’s first online whisky tasting (held on Twitter using the #WBOT hashtag) goes to WhiskyBrother, who hosted South Africa’s inaugural tasting on the evening of 16th April 2014.
Marc Pendlebury, owner of WhiskyBrother and the one of the...
Jan 31, 2014
The 11th annual Whisky Live Festival in South Africa took place in the last quarter of 2013 at two different venues: Soweto and Sandton. Time constraints and other commitments meant that I missed out on Soweto, but I made up for it in Sandton!
There was some great local whisky representation at the show, with Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky’s commanding stand which had both Andy Watts and Jeff...
Nov 18, 2013
The James Sedgwick Distillery has been making waves around the globe. In the last two years they’ve walked away with several accolades and awards, most noticeably the Whisky Magazine’s World Icon Award for the distillery itself as Brand Innovator in 2011, World’s Best Blended Whisky (the Three Ships 5 year old – 2012) and World’s Best Single Grain Whisky (the Bain’s...
Oct 24, 2013
When I received my invite to a whisky lunch with Checkers LiquorShop, highlighting their new Private Barrel Co single cask range, I must admit I was a bit sceptical. My perception of Checkers ties back to my youth. Growing up in a small town, Checkers was where we went on the weekend to get all the grocery shopping done. It could hardly have been called a glamorous experience. But I have to give Checkers...
Oct 23, 2013
Highland Park produce some really great whiskies. In fact, I consider the Highland Park 18 year old as a benchmark whisky against which I measure others. Gerry Tosh, Global Marketing Manager for Highland Park, is heading over to SA to share his passion and some of his whiskies with us.
WTF: Hi Gerry, can you give my readers a bit of a background on yourself and Highland Park?
GT: I’ve been with the...