1. NEW FROM INVERROCHE
The second addition to Inverroche’s wildly successful Creative Collection, No. 2 Coco L’Orange combines saffron, orange blossom, and cacao seeds to create a hand-crafted gin. Smooth and sensual, with a zesty character and a hint of spice, this is a drink made for sharing.
2. WHO’S YOUR PAPA?
Don Papa Rum is a premium, aged, single-island rum created on the foothills of an active volcano in the Philippines. Its newly released Sherry Cask rum has just landed, and is the ultimate gift for a rum connoisseur. Column-distilled and molasses-based, its first four years are spent mellowing in American oak casks that are used to house bourbon. The rum then spends a further 18 months in four different types of sherry casks before being carefully blended together by Don Papa’s master distiller. Smooth and fruity on the nose, the mouth has a full-bodied yet delicate sweetness with notes of plum, dark chocolate, and ripe figs.
3. CAN YOU SAY BRUICHLADDICH?
You’ll have no problem trying after a few tots of its finest. Long revered for its world-class whiskies, the Scottish island of Islay is home to many incredible distilleries. Bruichladdich (pronounced “Brooke-Laddy”) is one of them. Their 10-year-old Port Charlotte is now available in SA. As their ambitious attempt to create the ultimate Islay whisky, it’s a single malt whisky of the highest order. Smoky spices and sea spray on the nose give way to a noticeable delicacy on the palate, leading to a soft, sweet, lingering finish.
4. FLY FIRST CLASS
Selected for Lufthansa First Class, Buitenverwachting’s Hussey’s Vlei Sauvignon Blanc certainly lives up to its estate’s name — “beyond expectation”. The grapes for this wine come from a very special vineyard situated high on the Constantiaberg, and the distinct microclimate there is distilled into every sip. Dry, fresh, and full-bodied too, it’s the perfect glass for summer.
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Wade Bales Cap Classique & Gin Affair hits Jhb
The Wade Bales Cap Classique & Gin Affair is taking over the Rooftop Terrace Bar on 23 and 24 November at the Southern Sun, Hyde Park, and is set to be as memorable as ever. With over 40 of South Africa’s premium MCCs there (including Graham Beck, Pongracz, Krone, Pierre Jourdan, and Villiera, to name a few), as well as over 70 craft and international gins, it’s a gig you don’t want to miss! Tickets are R380pp and include unlimited tastings of all bubbly and gins, as well as six fresh oysters and a champagne glass. Additional food options will be on sale. Book through Quicket now.
• With over two decades of experience in the luxury-drinks market, Wade Bales’ passion is sourcing really great drinks and sharing them with really great people.
• From the November edition of Wanted 2019.