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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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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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2014 FNB Whisky Live SA Preview

2013 WLF Independent Bottlers' Challenge Line Up

It’s that time of year again folks! Yup, the 12th FNB Whisky Live Festival is about to roll into Johannesburg and take up residence at the Sandton Convention Centre for another 3 days from 12-14 November. What can you expect at Whisky Live this year? As usual, there is plenty on the go from workshops […]






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SA’s First Online Whisky Tasting

WhiskyBrother Online Tasting Lineup

I’ve threatened a few times over the past couple of years to host an online whisky tasting, but haven’t organised one yet. So the honour of hosting SA’s first online whisky tasting (held on Twitter using the #WBOT hashtag) goes to WhiskyBrother, who hosted South Africa’s inaugural tasting on the evening of 16th April 2014. […]






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FNB Whisky Live Festival – A Look Back

The Independent Bottlers' Challenge stand at FNB Whisky Live Festival

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 […]






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Private Barrel Co – A Single Cask Whisky Offering from Checkers

The Private Barrel Co range of whiskies available at Checkers LiquorShop

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 […]






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