Balls of Steel Whisky Coolers – Gimmicky or Worth Buying?

Having to cool down your whisky is not something folks in cooler climes are that familiar with, so it is always amusing to see the disdain whisky snobs show when you mention adding ice or the like to cool down your dram. But in a country like South Africa, where summer temps can head north of 30 degrees Celcius, you either cool down your whisky, or opt for a chilled cocktail or ice cold beer. That brings... read more

Win Tickets to 2014 Whisky Live Festival in Sandton with Glen Grant Whisky

The folks at Glen Grant have generously put up two sets of double tickets to the Whisky Live Festival on Friday, 14th Nov 2014. And that’s not all. They will be giving you a bottle of the Glen Grant 10 year old to take home with you too! All you need to do to enter is send in an email to with: your Name, your Email Address, and your Cell Number Winners will be drawn on... read more

2014 FNB Whisky Live SA Preview

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... read more

Glenfiddich Excellence 26yo Makes A House Call

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... read more

A Tribute To My Father

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... read more

A New Checkers Private Barrel Co Whisky Called No. 39 Joins The Stable

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... read more

WIN Tickets To The 2014 Kaya FM Wine and Malt Whisky Affair in Johannesburg

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... read more

SA’s First Online Whisky Tasting

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... read more

FNB Whisky Live Festival – A Look Back

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... read more

C’mon James Sedgwick Distillery, Bottle It Already!

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... read more

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