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!
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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