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World Whisky Day takes place on the third Saturday in May each year, which means it falls on 19 May in 2018. Here’s how you can celebrate before, after or on the actual day (or all three!).
If you haven’t been to this indulgent event yet, you’re missing out – big time! Throw on something pretty and prepare for an evening of rare malts, gourmet nibbles and lots of whisky banter. But don’t get so caught up that you forget to listen out for the half-time bell, when the seriously good stuff gets whipped out for 15 magical minutes.
When: 6–9pm, 17 and 18 May 2018
Where: African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel
Cost: R195 early bird, R290 standard, all inclusive
Join some 60 whisky lovers as they rub shoulders with brand ambassadors, and Cape Town’s favourite whisky man, Bernard Gutman, while talking all things water of life. To ensure you stay upright while sampling the many brands on offer – including Ardbeg, Bruichladdich, Glen Grant and more – lunch is included.
When: 12–4pm, 19 May 2018
Where: The Stack
Cost: R295, all inclusive
Witness first hand how award-winning, proudly South African Whiskies, Bain’s and Three Ships, are crafted – from raw material to distillation and maturation. The fascinating distillery tour is followed by an exclusive snacky whisky pairing, illustrating how certain foods can bring out the aromas found within the brands.
When: 10am and 2pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 May to 30 June 2018
Where: James Sedgwick Distillery
If you want to learn more about American whiskey, here’s your chance. This street party will feature eight American whiskies – think Bulleit Bourbon and Woodford Reserve – four top chefs, a bunch of rock bands and a whole lot of US soul.
When: 12–10pm, 29 May 2018
Where: The House Of Machines
Currently in its seventh year, this popular event brings more than 100 international whiskies (and some great snacks) under one roof. Once you’ve whittled the list down to your faves, you can shop away (optional, of course).
When: 6pm, 24–25 May 2018
Where: Hyde Park Corner
Cost: R195, all inclusive
Whether you’re whisky curious or a connoisseur, Whisky Live has you covered. Grab your tasting glass, vouchers and water on arrival then wander your way from stall to stall, sampling local faves like Bain’s (DO NOT MISS THE BAIN’S ICE CREAM!) and international drams like Bunnahabhain and Dewar’s.
When: 6–10pm, 17–19 May 2018
Where: Menlyn Park Shopping Centre
Cost: R230 general access, R1553 VIP, including some vouchers
Put your dancing shoes on and shake what your mama gave you while sipping (or slurping) the extensive range of whiskies on offer at this whisky bar.
When: 7pm, 19 May 2018
Where: Churchills Bar
Cost: Free entrance
Get your whisky education on while sitting next to a roaring fire with friendly whisky folk.
When: 7–11.30pm, 19 May 2018
Where: Stellar Brewery
Want to enjoy a few drams while supporting a local charity? Then head down to this whisky tasting, hosted by the Bloemhof Whisky Club.
When: 6.30–9.30pm, 19 May 2018
Where: NTT Mokopane Showroom