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Wellington, SOUTH AFRICA$99.99 Bottle
This is the first South African single grain whisky, produced in Wellington at the James Sedgwick distillery, and it's made an impressive debut, In the UK, it was awarded a Gold Medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010 and a Silver at the International Spirits Competition before being crowned with the title of "World's Best Grain Whisky" at the World Whisky Awards. Not bad at all! Other reviews... South Africa may be home to an increasingly impressive wine industry — and a noted brandy producer — but the country is also home to two whisky distilleries. Drayman’s in Pretoria is run by brewer Moritz Kallmeyer, while the James Sedgwick distillery in Wellington is home to Three Ships and Bain’s Cape Mountain Grain. Bain’s was created by distiller Andy Watts as a way to attract the new, female drinker. Sweet and succulent, this is like an alcohol ice cream sundae — fudge chunks, toffee, and butterscotch syrup, not to mention the ice cream, You pile on the pounds just smelling it. A lush beauty.
- ABV 43%
85 points - www.maltadvocate.com, (Winter 2010) Reviewed by: Dave Broom ... A lively, attractively structured whisky with more attitude than you might expect. 85.5 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2014
Wellington, SOUTH AFRICA$150.00 Bottle
Another continent, another whisky! This one distilled by Andy Watts at the James Sedgwick distillery in Wellington and aged in American oak casks. Officially launched in 2003 as a limited release, it's South Africa's first single malt. Three more have followed, each to commemorate the pioneering voyages of Bartholomew Diaz, Vasco da Gama and Jan van Riebeeck respectively in a special collector's series. We have the latter release. Other reviews... Beware, an evening with this and you'll be coming back for more... 91 points
- ABV 43%
- Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 ...South Africa’s most established distillery now makes Scotch-style single malt whisky that the country can be proud of. The downside is that it plays it safe, and the flavors on offer are subdued and subtle. That said though, there’s plenty to like here — delicate floral notes including rose, with a rich and honeyed heart, traces of exotic fruits including kumquat and kiwi, wispy smoke, and some cinnamon and paprika. Solid.
82 points - www.maltadvocate.com (Fall 2011) Reviewed by: Dominic Roskrow