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.
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.
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.