Wild about Whisky: A tale of two whiskies, one from Ireland, one from Scotland that crossed continents and cities before settling in Dullstroom....
The Irish whiskey, Writers Tears started it's journey in Cork, Ireland. The Scottish whisky, Te Bheag began its voyage on the Isle of Skye. Both these bottles crossed the Atlantic and sat in a boutique whisky bottle store in Hamburg, Germany. A good friend of mine, Markus Schroeder, home on leave in August 2011, walked into this shop and with mobile guidance bought the two bottles, packed them carefully into a suitcase and flew to his home in Nairobi, Kenya.The bottles, now very much out of their comfort zones, flew from Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania and then by vehicle for a day's drive into the Northern Serengeti and Klein's Camp, where Markus and his wife Stephanie manage the lodge. The bottles, now having witnessed the migration and more at home in this wild East African environment, were on the move again, this time back to Arusha and then Nairobi on the 21st of May2012, before boarding a plane. Their destination Johannesburg. A night in Pretoria was to follow before eventually heading east, climbing the plateau into the Eastern Highlands to the little village of Dullstroom and the Wild About Whisky bar, where they have now joined 950 of their compatriots and are now happy and anxious that you all make a journey and come and taste them........
Te' Bheag Gaelic Blended Whisky 40% Unchilfiltered
Pronounced "cheyvek" and meaning "a wee dram" in Gaelic it is produced on the Isle of Skye, home to the the Talsiker distillery.
The nose is all stewed pears soaked in honey and an apple cider marinade, then sherry and toffee top dress the pot with mocha and some peated barley eventually emerging.
The palate hits first with the honey and then a mid palate of fino sherry, pepper and a little smoke on the dry finish. Water does bring out more of the peat characteristic but introduces a bitterness on the mid palate. Best left naked.85
Writers Tears Irish Pot Still & Single Malt Whiskey Blend 40%
Most great Irish authors suffered, at some stage, with writer's block..."Many sought comfort and inspiration from whiskey. It was said that when an Irish writer cried, he cried tears of whiskey"........
Barley and sugary blackcurrant pastille, a nod to the great Midleton malts, marzipan, and soft over ripe pears dominate the nose.
Viscous, oily and seductively tongue coating the blackcurrant transfers to the palate in bucket loads, the mid palate a touch bitter but leaving a long fruit-driven finish.
A remarkable and stunning Irish whiskey. 92