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Discovering Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia Whiskies – Exclusive to Checkers

Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia Whiskies Standing at Attention

A tasting of 2 new ranges of whisky from a distillery that I have never tried before, at an undisclosed location, paired with a six course menu. Checkers certainly knows how to push all my buttons. The occassion: the launch of Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia whiskies which are available in South Africa exclusively at […]






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2016 KayaFM Wade Bales Wine & Malt Whisky Affair – The Whisky List and Your Chance to Win!

2016 Kaya FM Wine and Malt Whisky Affair

It’s that time of the year again! Wade Bales descends on Joburg with a delectable selection of whiskies and wines for our pleasure. With the great selection on offer it is best to attend both nights if you can. Even for a die-hard whisky lover like myself, there is just simply too much on offer […]






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Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Vertical Tasting

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2013 through 2016 bottles

I fell in love with Kilchoman thanks to an introduction from Marc Pendlebury (WhiskyBrother) years ago and my good friend Theo (one of The Whisky Pigs founding members) has carried on my love affair with the distillery thanks to some fantastic samples from him. Based on his “wall of Kilchoman” (over 100 bottles!), he must […]






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Yippee-ki-yay!! American Whiskey in SA

Dave Pickerell proudly sharing his Hillrock Distillery Solera Bourbon

My whisky journey over the past few years has taken me to some interesting places, but I would have never have guessed that it would lead me to this… At first I thought it was a hoax, but then I verified the email address, confirmed the particulars of Messrs. Gaspard and Pickerell and then came […]






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Christmas for Grownups – Spirits-Filled Advent Calendars Are Awesome!

DrinksByTheDram 2015 Whisky Advent Calendar

Remember the excitement leading up to Xmas day? Popping open those doors on your advent calendar and enjoying a choclate-y treat a day as you marched on through December to the beat of the Little Drummer Boy? It was a magical time. As you get older, the excitement wanes. Sure, it is fun to relive […]






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Tasting Tullamore D.E.W.’s Lastest SA Offerings

Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix and 12yo

Willam Grant & Sons are no strangers to SA – the top-selling Glenfiddich range forms part of their stable, along with its sibling, The Balvenie and of course the Grant’s range of blended whiskies. But they have other brands in the family which may be less familiar, like Hendrick’s Gin and Tullamore D.E.W. (bought in […]






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