Iattended Whisky Live in Cape Town, South Africa yesterday evening. It was absolutely packed, a testament to how popular whisky is in SA.
Had an entertaining master class with the folks from Benriach, and though Speyside is not entirely my cup of tea, the session was informative and well run. We tasted 6 Benriach of varying finishes, 5 of which were in the classic Speyside mould and the last was a 35ppm peated dram due for release in the next couple of weeks. Delicious, with a solid peat backbone and a pronounced yet delicate medicinal note on top of the Spey orchard fruits and spice.
The rest of the show was well run, and not a single ticket taken for anything I sampled. SA doesn't have the range available in the UK, but the core range available here is decent.
All in all a great evening of dramming on the tip of Africa.