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Rum, wine, gin, whisky and something weird from Sweden – five top tipples to add to your collection
A RUM AFFAIR
America’s only single-estate, single-barrel rum has hit our shores: Richland, a family-owned, hand-crafted rum from Georgia. Pure sugarcane is distilled in copper pots and matured in oak barrels for at least 40 months. The rum was voted by Forbes as the Best American Rum for 2018. Four versions are available in SA: Virgin Coastal Georgia Rum, Old South Georgia Rum, Chateau Elan Port Cask Exchange, and Old South Georgia Rum Terrapin Double IPA Cask Exchange.
Another lip-smacker from the Constantia Valley. Steenberg’s Sauvignon Blanc 2018 has notes of fresh blackcurrant, lime, and green apple mingled with a subtle mineral undertone.
CULT JAPANESE GIN
It has taken bars across the globe by storm. Roku, which means “six” in Japanese, incorporates six traditional Japanese botanicals that are infused, distilled, and blended by Suntory Spirits in Osaka. The botanicals are picked in accordance with “shun”, the tradition of enjoying each ingredient at its best by harvesting only at its peak of flavour and perfection. The result is a complex yet harmonious gin with a smooth and silky texture.
In Sweden, a shot of liquor is referred to as “snaps”. this traditional booze inspired Absolut Extrakt. Have a swig of the spicy, green-cardamom-flavoured vodka and you’ll be an instant fan.
BUNNAHABHAIN’S GOLDEN CHILD
This rich, mahogany, 18-year-old scotch whisky is one of Bunnahabhain’s most-awarded single malts. It is intensely warming, with dried fruit, sherry, toffee, and spices leading to a delicious, honeyed nuttiness and the slightest hint of sea salt.