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Whisky Tasting – Textured Individuality

Special Edition: Nov/Dec issue 2012 One thing is abundantly clear when it comes to whisky: there’s no such thing as right or wrong. Personal preference and individual choice are so very important in deciding what suits you and your taste. Interesting is a wholly inadequate way of describing this tasting. It challenged a lot of […]

Whisky Live Festival 2012 is upon us…

What’s new at the 2012 Festival Three Ships and Bains Cape Mountain Whisky Awarded as the Best Blended Whisky in the world at the 2012 Whisky Magazine’s World Whisky awards, the Three Ships Premium Select 5 year old should be high on your priority list to try at this year’s FNB Whisky Live Festival. Join […]

Spicy Highlights Whisky Tasting

Little girls are supposed to be made of ‘sugar and spice and all things nice’ while little boys are from ‘snips and snails and puppy dog tails’ – or so the Mother Goose rhyme of our childhood would have it. Well there was plenty of spice and delicious toffee, vanilla, clove and demerara sugar on display […]

American whiskies tasting with our WhiskyMag panel

We had no Chevy to drive to the levee, as Don Maclean sang about in his classic Miss American Pie, but we did get to drink whiskey at the Cape Grace’s Bascule Bar – and felt vaguely like Good Ole Boys by doing so! Veteran of the whisky scene Dave Hughes led the tasting. It […]

Whisky Tasting – Pick & Mix

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As always happens at Whisky magazine’s tastings, there was a lot of discussion about the bottles lined up in front of the team. Much of the interest focused on the organic whisky from Benromach along with the Three Ships 10 year old. All the assembled pairs of eyes tended to skate over the other offerings […]

Pick & Mix – the individual whiskies

An eclectic selection with the world’s best-selling single malt up against South Africa’s first 10 year old single malt, two distinctly different Speyside 10 year olds, an organic whisky and a blend. Guiding the tasting was the experienced sniffer and sipper, Dave Hughes.   Benromach 10 year old Rich malty nose with underlying leather aromatics. […]

Unique expressions

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Dave Hughes will be over in Blighty lending his spirit expertise to the judging panels at the International Wine & Spirits Competition’s for about the 30th time in July. As a trained distiller, he brings an extremely educated and knowledgeable nose and palate to the assessment of spirits. Whisky magazine is fortunate to have this […]

Glenrothes and the ghostly South African link

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There’s a weird and spooky connection between South Africa and Speyside distillery Glenrothes. It takes the ethereal form of the ghost of Byeway Makalaga, an orphaned boy found hiding in some bushes dur- ing the Anglo-Boer war by Colonel Grant of Rothes. He took Makalaga with him when he returned home from the war. Makalaga […]

The do’s and don’ts of tasting whisky

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Being able to taste with a walking encyclopaedia has its merits and Dave Hughes took the team through the basics of tasting Do’s and Don’ts. Step one – is a Don’t… don’t vigorously swirl the whisky in the glass as you would wine. Leave it idle since the aromatics are important – and delicate – […]

Birds of a feather tasting with Dave Hughes

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Having qualified for his green number by running 10 Comrades ultra-marathons it is obvious that Dave Hughes is a man for the long haul. Passionate about whisky, he trained as a distiller and has only happy memories of the time spent learning the trade in Scotland. A member of the Worshipful Society of Distillers, an […]

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