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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

Private Barrel Co – A Single Cask Whisky Offering from Checkers

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... read more

FNB Whisky Live Festival 2013 Preview Q&A with Highland Park’s Gerry Tosh

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... read more

FNB Whisky Live Festival 2013 Preview Q&A with Whisky Magazine’s Rob Allanson

Somehow I’ve managed to miss seeing Whisky Magazine’s (the international one) Rob Allanson at all of the Whisky Live Festivals I’ve been to. Well, not this year! Especially with the workshops that Rob will be presenting… WTF: Hi Rob. You’re no stranger to SA & Whisky Live, having been out here for the last few Whisky Live Festivals. What are your impressions of the country... read more

FNB Whisky Live Festival 2013 Preview Q&A with Ian Logan

Yes, Ian Logan is going to be back at the FNB Whisky Live Festival this year! Why does that excite me so much? Well simply put, it is always good fun chatting to Ian. Full of stories and adventures, he does a great job in conveying his passion about whisky, and The Glenlivet, to those around him. WTF: Hi Ian, can you give my readers a bit of a background on yourself and The Glenlivet? IL: I am 45 years... read more

Whisky Review – Glen Grant Five Decades

South Africa is a good place to be right now. The weather in Joburg is great and we’re getting an influx of new whiskies from all around the world. A prime example is the Glen Grant Five Decades being reviewed here. After establishing the core range in the country, Edward Snell & Co (local representation of Glen Grant) have now brought in the limited edition Five Decades. Glen Grant is one of... read more

FNB Whisky Live Festival 2013 Preview Q&A with Kavalan’s Ian Chang

Following on from our 2013 Whisky Live preview with Andy Watts, I’m happy to bring you an interview with Ian Chang, master blender at Kavalan in Taiwan. “Taiwanese whisky?!?!” I hear you cry. Yes, it exists, and it’s good! WTF: Hi Ian, can you give my readers a bit of a background on yourself, King Car distillery and Kavalan? IC: I have been working in the distillery for more than... read more

FNB Whisky Live Festival 2013 Preview Q&A with Andy Watts

What better way to kick off my series of Whisky Live previews this year than with a local whisky hero, Andy Watts, who is the master distiller at the James Sedgwick Distillery in the Western Cape – home of Three Ships and Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky. WTF: Hi Andy, what is your take on Whisky Live SA and the SA whisky community? AW: I think they have both come a long way in a relatively short... read more

Tasting Two Rare Glenfiddich Editions – 1974 Vintage and 1987 125th Anniversary

The universe works in mysterious ways. Truly, it does. Back in May 2012 I highlighted the Glenfiddich 1974 as my Whisky of the Month (which is more like Whisky of the Quarter as I don’t get around to updating it often enough) and I wistfully hoped that some day I would get to taste this rare dram. Well, that day arrived thanks to the Glenfiddich South Africa team. And it didn’t stop with the... read more

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