Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Andy Watts, Three Ships master distiller

If you didn’t know that South Africa makes the best whisky in the world, head to the 2013 FNB Whisky Live Festival at the UJ Campus in Soweto, from October 24th to 26th and to the Sandton Convention Centre in Sandton on November 6th to 8th, to discover these award-winning, proudly South African whiskies.

Taste Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky at both the Soweto and Sandton festivals - a whisky that was awarded the prestigious accolade, the 2013 World’s Best Grain Whisky at the World Whisky Awards held in London -  competing against the very best from Scotland, the USA and Ireland.

At the Soweto event Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky will be sharing its mixability, smoothness and richness whisky in the Shisa Nyama zone which will be open to all ticket holders.

At the Sandton festival, master distiller, Andy Watts, who has for the past 22 years created many firsts for the South African whisky industry, will be conducting an exclusive workshop where you will have the rare opportunity to taste the limited edition Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt – a whisky you will be lucky to get your can get your hands on, as only a limited number of bottles were released – 8000 to be exact. Andy will also share a few samples of interesting whiskies which he and his team have been developing as part of their ongoing innovative approach to whisky-making. The workshops have very limited seating available and take place on Thursday, 7 November at 20.00 and on Friday, 8 November at 18.45. The cost is R110 per person and lasts an hour.

If you are unable to find a seat at this workshop you can book a private tasting with Andy at both festivals in the Whisky Live Festival Tasting Room. The tasting will include Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old (title holder of the World’s Best Blended Whisky at the 2012 World Whisky Awards), Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish (which took gold at the 2013 International Spirits Challenge) and Three Ships Select (rated 81 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible).

Bookings for these tastings are free of charge and will be on on a first-come-first served basis. Bookings will open on the night of the Festival at selected times to be announced at the show.

And to keep your love for whisky alive, join Three Ships and Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky at the following venues for the after-party:

24 October – Wandie’s Place, Soweto with Three Ships
25 October – Choc’s Place, Soweto with Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky
26 October – Mabutho’s Pub, Soweto with Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky
6 November – Katzy’s, Rosebank with Three Ships and Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky
7 November – The Sands, Sandton with Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky

8 November – Metro, Bemore Shopping Centre with Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky

Visit for more information and to book for the workshop which has limited seating available.