|By Whisky Live Staff||13-04-2017|
It’s rare for anyone to taste a whisky not yet released even more so when it is one of the oldest to date launched by a brand. Those attending the Whisky Live Celebrations in Pretoria and Durban will have the privilege to taste a 15 Year Old Grain Whisky which started its life as Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky at The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, and moved on to become an extraordinary whisky.
For master distiller Andy Watts, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is one of his greatest whiskies he has ever created. It took him 10 years to perfect the whisky which was named the World’s Best Grain Whisky at the 2013 World Whisky Awards in London. He realised then that this would only be the beginning for this whisky.
“Bain’s spends roughly about five years in wood and since the flavour profile is upfront and complex I knew that it would stand up to further maturation. But in the world of whisky nothing is immediate nor guaranteed and so I went about on an exploration, hoping that my experiment would not disappoint my vision.
“And my curiosity certainly paid off! I re-vatted the Bain’s into 3rd and 4th fill American Oak and for the next 10 years regularly tasted the whisky to track its progress. At 15 years, the whisky was at its most optimum, pity we have lost about 70% of the volume due to the Angel’s Share!”
The boutique style Whisky Live Celebrations will take place from 4 to 6 May at Brooklyn Square in Pretoria and from 1 to 3 June at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Durban offering consumers a range of whiskies from around the world to taste.
Tickets for the Pretoria event are available from Ticketpro starting from R220 each and include a tasting glass, 16 tasting vouchers, a Consol Glass bottle of Still Water and a complimentary cocktail from Consol's whisky-inspired pop-up cocktail bar! The events start at 18:00 until 22:00. Tickets for the Durban event will go on sale at the beginning of May - we will keep you posted on social media.
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You're also welcome to tweet @BainsWhisky or Andy Watts himself @TheWhiskyMaker.