Visitors to the Birchwood Hotel will not only be astounded by the conference centre, hotel and reception venue facilities – especially after visiting One Twenty Restaurant, where they will no doubt be blown away by the array of whisky on display. Fewer people may be aware that not all of these are international – some, in fact, were conceived and created right here in South Africa. If that wasn’t enough, some of these local names have gone on to scoop top honours in international awards.
South Africa’s first single grain whisky, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, was names the World’s Best Grain Whisky at the annual Whisky Magazine’s World Whisky Awards last year, beating out veterans of the industry from Ireland, Scotland and the USA – a sign of future growth in the local industry. This was reinforced by comments made by the brands distiller, Jeff Green, who on winning emphasised, “This isn't just a win for Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky but for South African whisky-making. Bain’s ... was created to express the extraordinary properties of South Africa’s very best home-grown grains, fermented and distilled locally. With a distinctive South African taste profile, the maize is the same as that which was imported into Scotland up until the mid 1980s to make Scotch whisky. The whisky is proudly South African in profile. By taking the World’s Best Grain Whisky title we have amply demonstrated that South Africa can make exceptional whiskies. The 2013 title follows last year's win by Three Ships 5 Year Old of the WWA's World’s Best Blended Whisky, puts South Africa as a whisky producing country, squarely on the map.” Be sure to visit One Twenty soon, to sample this, and more!
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