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  • The Whisky Guy reviews – Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky
    Posted by on Mar 10th, 2015

    So far the whisky guy has reviewed mostly blended whisky from Scotland and it’s about time he got his hands on some locally produced stuff and what better place to start than the award winning Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky. Produced and bottle right here in the Cape it was awarded the prestigious title of the world’s best grain whisky at the 2013 World Whisky Awards in London. Not too shabby that and i’ve got a bottle of Bain’s to give away to one of you fine folks so keep reading.

    Extra points just for being from the Cape.

    Ok so as always the drill is that i give you some history and bar ammo about the whisky and then tell you what it’s like. Obviously we all have different opinions, but i’ll try give you a general idea of what it tastes like so just roll with it.

    The story behind Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky:

    Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is South Africa’s first Single Grain whisky. Named after the pioneering pass builder, Andrew Geddes Bain, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is distilled and double matured at The James Sedgwick Distillery which is situated near the foothills of the Bainskloof Pass in Wellington. The leopards on the crest represent the Cape Mountain Leopards which have roamed the Bainskloof Pass area. Now you know.

    What’s it taste like?

    Nose: I should emphasise that the Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is made of 100% grain. So no malt at all and it’s matured in first-fill bourbon casks for 5 years so there’s a rather bourbony ( no idea if that’s a word, but let’s go with it) influence in the aromas. Plenty of vanilla and toffee notes come through initially followed by freshly baked biscuits. Definitely on the sweeter side.

    Palate: given the sweet aromas, the first taste isn’t the sweet explosion i expected. Was more spicey, but still with caramel and vanilla in the background. There are some fruity flavours, but more on the berry side. The oakey bourbon influence from the cask is still there, but i liked it.

    Finish: smooth, medium finish with some hint of chocolate. Nice grainy kick at the end.

    Appearance and price: it’s no secret that i’m a fan of the vintage looking bottles and this one isn’t exactly screaming ancient heritage. Bit too plain and ‘new’ looking. Price wise the Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is listed on bottleshop.co.za as R220. Very decent for an award winning whisky.

    Overall score on the Life is Savage Whisky Index: The Bain’s Cape Mountain whisky gets a respectable 8 out of 10. For single grain whisky it’s damn impressive.

    For more info check the website HERE.

    Good times.

    Check next week for another review and if you are a whisky brand then send me some of your magic. I will drink it.

    GIVEAWAY: i have a bottle of Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky to give to one of you fine readers and here’s how you can enter. It comes with two glasses as well.

    • head on over to the bottleshop.co.za website and tell me in the comment section which whisky i should review next. Don’t be boring. They have a massive collection so chose something interesting.

    Will pick a winner this coming Friday.

    Also if you win i’ll be asking for a copy of your ID to make sure you are over 18.

    UPDATE: winner of bottle of Bains is Guy Lazrus. Well done.

    ryan allen says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    please review the Yamazaki No Age Statement Japanese Whiskey, because i never knew the Japanese made Whiskey!

    Savage says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Yes! Im dying to taste a Japanese whisky!

    corrie206 says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Daddy, next up, review a Highland Park, something like the Harald. http://www.bottleshop.co.za/highland-park-harald/

    Savage says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Oooooh. Never had that before. Am keen

    Madelein Pretorius says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    What about Mackmyra Svensk Rok Swedish Whiskey?

    Savage says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Damn! Didnt even know they made whisky in Sweden. Must def try that one day

    ursula says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I love my whiskey but I must say this seems pretty interesting: hibiki-17-year-old-japanese-whiskey

    Scott says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    There was one which stood out for me: the Highland Park Loki. Unusual presentation and description- it’d be great to hear your take on it.

    Kathleen Germaine says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    At those prices its gotta be good

    Kathleen Germaine says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Indian whiskey up next

    Talitha says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    New Zealand Whisky Collection Doublewood 15 Year Old

    Guy Lazrus says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Definitely try this one: Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old Japanese Whiskey – http://www.bottleshop.co.za/nikka-taketsuru-17-year-old-japanese-whiskey/

    Or any of the Japanese whiskey’s, heard some great things. Might not be in Cape TOwn now, but Ill be there in May :)

    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old Japanese Whiskey
    Even Jim Murray appreciated, so you’re bound to love it.

    Roland says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    very interested in this Irish Whiskey, Greenore 8yr old… Nice looking Bottle :)

    http://www.bottleshop.co.za/greenore-8-year-old-irish-whiskey/

    Elizabeth says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    amrut-cask-strength-indian-whiskey

    Ling says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    coke 45…kidding :) makers mark, bourbon yeah but gooood

    Stefan says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Dimple Haig 15y. Not badly priced for a 15Y. Breaking Bad made it famous. Really curious to see how it stacks up. Cheers!

    http://www.bottleshop.co.za/dimple-haig-15-year-old-whisky/

    Jorina says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Dalmore 12 Year. It has no reviews on bottle shop. Single malt with a beautiful bottle. Would love to know more.

    http://www.bottleshop.co.za/dalmore-12-year-old-whisky/

    Mark Mohr says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Chivas Regal 12 Year Old 4.5L on Stand
    To see if it tastes any better on a stand….

    David Terblanche says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    hows about the Macallan Fine Oak 21 Year Old Whisky – What a price tag but sure it will be amazing Macallan Fine Oak 21 Year Old Whisky

    Regardt says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    My vote is on the Bruichladdich Octomore, I love peaty whisky and have been dying to try that one. as “the world’s most heavily peated whisky” I think it offers a great challenge to any whisky drinker.

    Let me know what you think and I may just buy it.

    Wade says:
    March 03, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Indian whiskey? Who knew?! Try it next!

    Amrut Portonova Indian Whiskey

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