Whisky Tasting #17: World Whisky Day

As if we needed another excuse to drink interesting and exotic whiskies, World Whisky Day was once again upon us! True to tradition, The Cape Whisky Club gathered a bunch of bottles from at least three different continents to put to the test – and I’m happy to say there wasn’t a stinker among them. Cheers!

The Lineup

We didn’t stray too far for bottle number one, with the third limited release of Three Ships 10 (44.6%). Distilled in July 2005, this is another release that fans of the Premium Select (5-year-old) should definitely check out and Andy Watts should be very proud of.

Next up, Scotland – with the latest Private Edition from Glenmorangie, the Glenmorangie Bacalta (46%). Like the other cask finished expressions in the core Glenmorangie range, the Bacalta takes the Original 10 YO and soaks it in some exotic casks for an extra 2 years – this time Madeira wine casks for a toasty, bread-and-pastry quality.

On to Ireland, with Tullamore D.E.W 12 (43%), a double-casked, aged version of the original. It takes that classic Tullamore that we all know and love and adds subtle layers of sherry and chocolate, blended masterfully. Excellently priced (around R500/bottle), this is a worthy upgrade and an absolute must for any Irish whisky devotee.

For our trip to America we didn’t grab a bottle of bourbon… Instead it was Slaughter House (44%), with its blend of 9-year-old American whiskies finished in Napa Valley Bordeaux casks and enclosed in the sexiest, manliest bottle I’ve ever seen. It got a lot of applause – a rich, darkly fruity, sweet whiskey with plenty to keep the average bourbon drinker happy. Although it can be tough to track one down in our neck of the woods, it’s a terrific whisky and pretty reasonably priced.

Finally, back to Scotland – which can only mean facefuls of peat to end any good tasting session. Talisker 57° North, a NAS, duty free version of the much loved 10-year-old expression… but bottled at an insane (read: awesome) 57% ABV. Oh yeah! The 1 litre bottle didn’t last particularly long, and needless to say it was fairly well received. It even managed to convert a few peat novices for good measure 🙂

Big thanks to Baghdad Café Whisky Bar for hosting us, tolerating us and providing an endless stream of tasting glasses! These guys have a truly incredible whisky selection – go check them out for side-by-side tastings and rare bottles. They’re friendly, upbeat and relaxed – our kind of place.

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