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Posts by Mark H

WhiskyBrother’s The Only Whisky Show Is Back for Its Second Year!

The Only Whisky Show Brand Stands

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since Whisky Brother’s inaugural The Only Whisky Show. As a whisky lover, the event just worked perfectly for me… The focus was squarely on the whiskies themselves. Each stand was uniform in size and appearance, meaning that the whiskies were the star attractions, not the […]

Delving Into The Private Barrel Co Mortlach 18 Year Old

Private Barrel Co Mortlach 18 Year Old

It’s a busy time for Checkers Private Barrel Co! Not only have they released the superb James Sedgwick Distillery 6yo single cask single malt, they’ve unleashed an 18 year old Mortlach on us too! I once again spoke to Hein Herbst, co-founder/creator of the PBC brand about the new release: WTF: Hein, let’s take a […]

Private Barrel Co James Sedgwick Distillery 6yo Single Cask – The Inside Story

Introducing the new Private Barrel Co JSD 6yo Fino Cask whisky

This is the stuff ardent whisky lovers dream of! Only the second single cask to ever come out of the James Sedgwick Distillery, brought to us by a collaboration between the distillery and Checkers. Many have tried/asked/begged/pleaded/demanded, but no one has got it right until now. I sat down with Hein from Private Barrel Co […]

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 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. […]

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 […]