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The History of Whisky in South Africa

Three Ships Whisky History

When Andy Watts – the former distillery manager/master distiller at the James Sedgwick Distillery – gave this presentation at a masterclass at Whisky & Spirits Live 2017 in Johannesburg a week ago, I just knew that it demanded a larger audience. With Andy’s kind permission, I am able to share it with all of you. […]






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2017 Whisky and Spirits Live – The Whisky List and Exhibitor Guide

Whisky & Spirits Live - WTF Guide

A few days back I revealed the list of Independent Bottler’s Challenge whiskies that would be available at the 2017 Whisky and Spirits Live Festival in Johannesburg from 8 – 10 November, and now I can share the rest of the whiskies that will be available at the show. Not only that, but the number […]






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2017 Whisky and Spirits Live – The Complete List of IBC Whiskies

Independent Bottlers' Challenge

There’s been a slight change to the format this year, it’s no longer just Whisky Live… Now the 3-day festival that sees thousands of whisky lovers flock to the Sandton Convention Centre has expanded its offering and has been renamed as Whisky & Spirits Live. Personally, I’m not a fan of the addition of gins, […]






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WhiskyBrother Marc Becomes a Keeper and Launches a Whisky Show

The Only Whisky Show – A whisky show for passionate whisky lovers, brought to you by passionate whisky lovers! I spent some time with Marc Pendlebury, founder and owner of WhiskyBrother in Hyde Park, recently and whilst catching up over a few drams I took the opportunity to find out more his new title as […]






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Private Barrel Co 2016 Scotland Tour – Glen Scotia Distillery

The third and final leg of the quest (Leg 1: Edinburgh and Leg 2: Loch Lomond Distillery) to find the next Private Barrel Co release saw us heading down to Campbeltown, a relatively remote part of Scotland, with the Glen Scotia distillery firmly in our sights! Our lodgings for the two nights in Campbeltown were […]






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Private Barrel Co 2016 Scotland Tour – Loch Lomond Distillery

After a fantastic first day in Edinburgh, we picked up Joe at the airport and made our way up to the Loch Lomond Distillery in Alexandria in our quest to find the next Private Barrel Co release. Let’s just say straight off the bat… The distillery in not very fetching, but boy oh boy, what […]






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