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India Makes Very Good Single Malt Whiskies - Learn More About Paul John
India is the world's largest producer of whisky, though it's not considered as such by connoisseurs as most of what's produced is molasses based. Enter Paul John - a single malt brand made from organic barley grown at the foot of the Himalayas.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 May 2018  |  View Comments


News: Whisky Live Heads To Cape Town, Pretoria, And Durban
The Whisky Live Celebration, a boutique festival experience for whisky lovers, will be touring three cities during autumn/winter 2018. Here's a list of some highlights to seek out, as well as ticketing information.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 April 2018  |  View Comments


Report: Whisky Live Celebration, Cape Town, 2016
This year's Whisky Live event in Cape Town features some old favourites as well as some new gems. Here's what to expect from the festival, plus learn more about The Balvenie, Wild Turkey, Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Wolfburn, Glenfarclas, and others.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 April 2016  |  View Comments


Revellers Go Back In Time At The Exclusive 2015 Negroni Social In Portland
The kickoff event for the growing annual worldwide phenomenon that celebrates the esoteric Italian cocktail known as the Negroni was an invite only affair in Portland, Oregon, that featured 12 special Negronis that were expertly concocted and crafted by drink experts from all over the world.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 13 July 2015  |  View Comments


News:
The Whisky Live Showroom has returned to Cape Town with a more interesting selection of whiskies to explore, whether you're new to whisky or a long-time fan. If you're attending tonight, here's a quick guide to help you make the most of the limited time available.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 June 2015  |  View Comments


Recipe: Bourbon Vanilla Extract
A ubiquitous ingredient in nearly every sweet recipe from cakes to bread, vanilla extract ranges in quality and price but it's surprisingly easy to make at home with two ingredients and six weeks' worth of patience and restraint.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 27 August 2014  |  View Comments


Rare Japanese Whiskies Go On Auction In Hong Kong
Today a large selection of rare Japanese whiskies and Scotch was offered on auction in Hong Kong. Here is a small selection of some of the more interesting lots, as well as the breathtaking amounts that they fetched.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 August 2014  |  View Comments


News: Whisky Live Is Back In Cape Town - Here's What You Need To Know
It's been nearly two years but the Whisky Live experience has finally returned to Cape Town. Here's a quick insider's guide as to what to expect, as well as some (secret) highlights from the opening night.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 June 2014  |  View Comments


A Taste Of Three Expressions To Celebrate Glenfiddich's 125th Birthday
Glenfiddich, a single-malt-whisky distillery in the Highlands of Scotland, has been celebrating 125 years with events around South Africa in which three of its whiskies are being showcased. Learn more about its 12-, 15-, and 18-year-old expressions, as well as what happened at the Groove Lounge event at Twankey Bar in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 August 2013  |  View Comments


The 2012 Whisky Live Festival: A Second Opinion
In this guest post whisky aficionado Wayne Abrahamse summarises the benefits that this year's Whisky Live Festival offered both local consumers and whisky and allied brands, as well as the marketing opportunities that many brands missed.
By: Wayne Abrahamse  |  Posted: 9 October 2012  |  View Comments


The 2012 Whisky Live Festival, South Africa
Single-malt Scotch lovers should be particularly happy with this year's selection at the annual Whisky Live Festival. Here's our roundup of what to expect, as well as specific whiskies to look out for and tasting notes of many of the highlighted whiskies.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 9 October 2012  |  View Comments


The 2011 Whisky Live Festival, South Africa
Another year, another festival celebrating whisky. How time flies! We attended the opening night in Cape Town, where the festival ran for three days. Here's a rundown of what you missed, or what to expect if you will be attending in Johannesburg, where the festival will be running until the end of the week.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 November 2011  |  View Comments


Win A Scotland From Home Hamper And Whisky Live Tickets
We've got great Scotland From Home and Whisky Live Festival prizes to give away - read on to find out how to enter.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 November 2010  |  View Comments


The Finer Points Of Whisky: A Connoisseur And Renegade Face Off
Last week, a few hours before the Whisky Live Festival kicked off in Cape Town, Brandhouse hosted a whisk(e)y tasting for members of the media and whisky aficionados, which was a great way to set the mood for this year's festival. The tasting was led by two experts in the field, South Africa's Rynard van Der Westhuizen and Scotland's Bruce Campbell.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 November 2010  |  View Comments


The 2010 Whisky Live Festival, South Africa
In South Africa, November means whisky festival time. Once again the three-day event is being held in Cape Town before it moves to Johannesburg and we attended the opening night event, sampled a variety of whiskies from around the world, and learnt more about the culture of whisky making.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 November 2010  |  View Comments


The 2009 FNB Whisky Live Festival, South Africa
The 2009 FNB Whisky Live Festival is the largest whisky festival in the world. It's running in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, this month so we went along on the opening night to bask in warm, golden glows and determine just how much whisky one can sample in an evening. (The answer: not nearly enough!)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 November 2009  |  View Comments