Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky Glows in Gold. With some commentary;)

I spend quite a bit of time at various bars, restaurants and hotels around our lovely mother city. All in the name of research. Ok not all, but some time. Ok not some, just a bit of time on research. I am also a patriotic South African, provided that we get things right of course. I always support our sports teams, but prefer when we win.

I’ve had lots of good things to say about Bain’s before. I also plead guilty for assisting the excellent Rick’s Cafe in depleting their stock of Bain’s, a few Saturday nights ago. Me, mates, a celebration of sort. You get the point. We all took cabs home, of course.

That night, a few people at the bar were asking questions about that new whisky from South Africa that won an award. So I showed them. And they loved it. And I smiled, because I like making people happy. It’s easy when there is talent in Wellington.

Here is the press release.



Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, South Africa’s first 100% single grain whisky, has fast become a talking point locally and internationally, receiving praise and admiration from whisky experts across the globe. And here is more to talk about: The whisky has just taken gold and best in class in front of an international panel of judges at the recent 2013 International Spirits Challenge in London, competing against whiskies from around the world.

Since its launch in 2009, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky has added a host of awards to its name including the World’s Best Grain Whisky at the 2013 World Whisky Awards and inclusion in Ian Buxton’s 101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die.

Distilled in Wellington in the Boland, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is inspired by the natural beauty of the Bain’s Kloof Pass just outside the town and is crafted from the finest South African grain. Made in a style that allows the maximum interaction between the wood and the whisky, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is double-matured for a minimum of five years in specially selected oak casks.  The first three years are in casks that have been used previously for bourbon, and then re-vatted for a further two years in ex-bourbon casks.

The result is a whisky that shows exceptional interaction between spirit and wood. Toffee, floral and vanilla aromas softened by sweet, spicy undertones, produce a warm mouth-feel and a long, smooth finish.

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is distilled and matured at The James Sedgwick Distillery which dates back to 1886 and is situated near the foothills of Bain’s Kloof Pass.  The whisky pays tribute to Andrew Geddes Bain, the pioneering pass builder who planned and built Bain’s Kloof Pass in 1853 to connect Wellington to the interior.

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is available from leading liquor outlets and retails for about R220, with or without a gift tin.”