Pic by Luigi Bennett.

South Africa is in good spirits this year! 

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky and it’s founder distiller Andy Watts has been at the forefront of the award winning streak for local spirits.

Watts received the accolade of global Icon of Whisky Master Distiller/Master Blender for 2018 by the UK’s Whisky Magazine and Distell was also named Rest of the World Distiller of the Year.

Now, Watts and the team at the James Sedgewick Distillery in Wellington have produced a whisky for The House of Fine Whisky at Checkers LiquorShop.

This is the first South African whisky to join the Private Barrel Co. collection of whiskies - a 6-year-old James Sedgwick single malt.

The 6-year-old single malt single cask Fino Finish is an extraordinary whisky which demonstrates the influence the warmer South African climate has on the overall complexity and smoothness of the whisky at a younger age. 

The whisky spent three years in older American Oak before being re-vatted into Fino butt to mature for a further three years. 

When savouring the Private Barrel Co.’s James Sedgwick you can expect an upfront dry almond nuttiness opening up to floral and fruity notes on the palate. The finish is warm and spicy with rich lingering fruit. 

With only 677 bottles available so this whisky is set to become a collector’s item — it retails for about R 700.