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Kaya FM Wine & Malt Whisky Affair 2018 – The Complete Whisky List

Kaya FM Wine & Malt Whisky Affair It’s that time of the year again for Joburgers!! Yup, Wade Bales and his intrepid team are back at Hyde Park Corner from 24-25 May 2018 delighting both wine and whisky lovers. From its humble beginnings at Montecasino on a rainy night in Nov 2011, the show has grown from strength to strength. This marks the 7th year of the show – how time flies!

As is our tradition, the team have sent through the list of whiskies that will be available on both nights and – as always – there’s a really nice selection to choose from. Make sure you pay close attention to the “Half-Time Bell”. For 15 minutes in the middle of the show, some “under the table” drams (and wines) will be poured – these are always interesting! The hard part is deciding which dram or 2 to try and get to in that limited amount time.

Have a read through the list below and let me know what you are planning on tasting. And while you’re at it, enter the competition at the bottom of the page to win yourself a pair of tickets to the show!

The Whisky List

I’ve grouped the whiskies together by brand owner/distributor for easier reading. And I’ve highlighted the Half-Time Bell whiskies too for you. (Note: this list was correct at the time of publishing)

E Snell

Just a word of caution when going for the likes of the Port Charlotte and Octomore… They’re peated (the Octomore being heavily peated!), so kicking off the show with a dram or two of these beauties may kill your palate for the gentler, lighter whiskies available. My advice, wait until you have a few other drams under your belt before tasting these. But do go taste them, they’re great!

Bruichladdich Classic Laddie
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte
Bruichladdich Octomore 8.1
Bruichladdich Black Art 4 *
Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey
Bushmills Black Irish Whiskey

Loch Lomond Group

I’ve got a soft spot for LL and GS – really enjoy their whiskies and the people that make them are a great bunch of folks.

Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 12 YO
Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Madeira Finish
Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 18 YO
Glen Scotia Double Cask
Glen Scotia 15 YO
Glen Scotia Victoria *

Mc Beth

Good ol’ Hector always brings interesting drams to the party! Take a tour through the Indian malts from Paul John distillery and then face off against a Timorousie Beastie or wrestle with a Big Peat. Whatever option you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

Paul John Brilliance
Paul John Edited
Paul John Bold
Paul John Classic Cask
Paul John Peated Cask
Paul John Cask 1742 *
Big Peat Xmas Edition 2017
Rock Oyster
Rock Oyster 18 YO *
Scallywag 13 YO
The Gauldron
Timorous Beastie

Dragon Brands / Whisky Academy

Michael Miles and his team will be bringing their usual top-class offerings to the show. I can confirm that the following brands will be available, but the individual expressions will be confirmed closer to the time. But do yourself a huge favour and visit their two tables – I rate Kilchoman very highly and Wolfburn looks to be following in its footsteps…


Pernod Ricard

I recently caught up with Michael Cowman, Midleton Prestige Whiskey Ambassador for South Africa, and asked him to do a quick run through of the the Irish whiskeys that will be at the show and find out what his favourite pour would be.

Green Spot 10 YO
Midleton *
Powers Signature Release
Powers John’s Lane 12 YO
Redbreast 12 YO
Redbreast 15 YO
Redbreast 21 YO
Yellow Spot 12 YO
Aberlour 12 YO
Aberlour 16 YO
Aberlour 18 YO
Aberlour A’bunadh *
The Glenlivet 12 YO
The Glenlivet 15 YO
The Glenlivet 18 YO
The Glenlivet Founders Reserve


And here are more of my favourites! Compass Box make great whiskies (Peat Monster being the whisky that really fuelled my interest and obsession with whisky!) and the Irish liquid gold from the Teeling distillery always hits the spot.

Teeling Small Batch
Teeling Single Grain
Teeling Single Malt
Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend
Compass Box Great King Street Glasglow Blend
Compass Box Hedonism
Compass Box Peat Monster
Compass Box Spice Tree
Compass Box No Name *


Ok, I was going to say “I love Ardbeg and GlenDronach, they’re my favourites!” and then I realised I’ve been saying that about just about everything so far! Hey, what can I say? I *LOVE* whisky and am not ashamed to say it 😀

Make sure to try the new Ardbeg An Oa. A permanent addition to the core range, this non-age statement whisky is really solid. I’m looking forward to trying it side-by-side with the Corrvreckan at half time!

Ardbeg 10 YO
Ardbeg AN OA
Ardbeg Corryvreckan *
GlenDronach 12 YO
GlenDronach 18 YO
GlenDronach Peated Portwood *
Glenmorangie Original 10 YO
Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 YO
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 YO
Glenmorangie 18 YO *


Glen Grant The Major Reserve
Glen Grant 10 YO
Glen Grant 12 YO
Glen Grant 18 YO *


Singleton 12 YO
Singleton 15 YO
Singleton 18 YO
Lagavulin 16
Cardhu 12
(blank) *


Highland Park 10 YO
Highland Park 12 YO
Highland Park 18 YO *
The Macallan 12 YO Fine Oak
The Macallan 12 YO Double Cask
The Macallan Rare Cask *

Brand It

Glenbrynth 12 YO
Glenbrynth 21 YO
Glenbrynth 30 YO *
The Dalmore 12 YO
Jura 16 YO


The Pogues
West Cork Single Malt
West Cork Bourbon Cask
West Cork Rum Cask *

My Picks

And now we get to the age old dilemma… Just exactly what do you drink on the night? With around 90 whiskies available, there is a lot of choice. These whiskies are at the top of my wish-list:

Octomore 8.1 – You had me at “Octo…”. Seriously, if there’s an Octomore around, I’m going to want to have a dram. Magic stuff!
Black Arts 4 – Or is it the Black Arts that’s magic? Black Arts is the only release from Bruichladdich where they aren’t completely transparent as to what the cask composition is. But I reckon we can let it be shrouded in some mystery don’t you think?
Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 18 YO – One of the few Loch Lomonds that has eluded me up until this point! I’ll definitely be putting this liquid to my lips.
Aberlour A’bunadh – Aah, the sherrybomb on steriods offering from Aberlour! I’ve tried several different versions and they keep me wanting more.
Ardbeg An Oa + Corryvreckan – the side-by-side tasting that I mentioned earlier. Will the An Oa be able to stand up to the coarse brute that is Corryvreckan? We’ll have to find out – in the name of science!

Show Info

The affair runs from 24-25 May 2018, with doors opening promptly at 6pm and wraps up at 9pm sharp. With so many drinks at your fingertips, make sure you make use of the full 3 hours.
Limited Early Bird Tickets are available at R195 per person and once sold-out, Full Price Tickets will be R290 per person and include all wine and whisky tastings, a complimentary glass, and a selection of gourmet cheese, antipasti deli and artisanal breads will be on offer for the guests.
This is an experience you don’t want to miss: book your tickets today through Webtickets.

Win Tickets!

The kind-hearted folks at Wade Bales have given the Whisky Tasting Fellowship 4 pairs of double tickets to give away! There are two ways to enter:

1) Enter on the website

All you need to do is pick the name of a whisky from the list above that you have your heart set on tasting, and then
c) fill in the Contact form or email me at with the following information:

– Your Name
– Your Email Address
Subject: I Want to Win Tickets to the Kaya FM / Wade Bales Wine and Malt Whisky Affair
Message: Your cell number so we can contact you if you’re a lucky winner, and the name of the whisky you’re looking forward to trying at the show.

2) Enter on Twitter

All you need to do to enter for the draw is:

a) Follow @fr1day, @WadeBales and @kayafm95dot9 on Twitter
b) Tweet the following message by clicking here or by sending the message below through your favourite Twitter client:

WIN tickets to the Kaya FM (@kayafm95dot9) Wine & Malt Whisky Affair in Jhb on 24-25 May thanks to @wadebales and @fr1day! #winewhiskyaffair

Visit to enter

You can double your chances of winning by entering on both the website and on Twitter!

Please note: Entries close at midday on 22nd May 2018 and the prize draw will take place shortly after that. The prize is a set of double tickets only that can be collected at the door. Travel to and from the show at the Hyde Park Corner centre in Johannesburg is at your own cost. And most importantly: Drink Responsibly.

There you have it! Clear your schedule and let’s meet up for a dram.


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