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Bains Cape 15 Year Old Mountain Whisky Single Grain Review

Bains Cape 15 Year Old Mountain Whisky Single Grain The standard Bains Cape Mountain Whisky, a single grain from South Africas James Sedgwick Distillery, was one of the first drams i reviewed all the way back in 2012 and I was really impressed with it.

This 15 year old special release is only available in travel retail and is currently still working it's way around the world and I need to say a personal thanks to Andy Watts, Whisky Creator for Distell, who dropped a sample of this in the post for me when he was in the UK.

Only 3600 bottles of this exist worldwide and some of the first were signed by Andy himself, lets hope people drink it and it doesn't end up as auction fodder. Reracked into 3rd and 4th fill ex American oak casks Andy has looked after this tasting it regularly waiting for it to become the dram it is today.

So this is not what i was expecting, Grain whisky from Scotland is light filled with powdered sugar notes, but this is not, it has a great enticing fruity dark sugar note on the nose that brings you in and then the palate takes that on adds more rounded fruits and a hint of spice that comes on stronger.

A fabulously fruity, spicey, sugary dram that i genuinely wish was more widely available, I could easily drink through a fair amount of this at all times of the year, but this is definitely great BBQ whisky, if you see this don't think twice just buy it.

Check the Duty Free shop next time you're passing through for a bottle of this.

Many thanks again to Andy Watts from Distell for the sample.

Tasting Notes & Details


This has a really soft bourbon like note initially, gentle demerera sugar sweetness, freshly scraped madagascan vanilla seeds and a hint of that waxy pod, light gentle pencil shavings and oak leaf sauce, warm plantain and a hint of some oriental cooking spices hiding in the background, enticing and warming.


That soft sweet sugar is there still, gently caramelised demerera sugar and a touch of mucovado sugar adding something softer, banana fritters without the batter and made from plantain with a soft caramel, more fruits in here also, a mix of tropical fruits papaya and mango, with darker fruits, almost date like, a warming heat of nutmeg and 5 spice hang around also


Sweet, dark sugar, caramel, dates, plantain and nutmeg, tasty.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Bains Cape 15 Year Old Mountain Whisky Single Grain
Age: 15
ABV: 52.50
Distiller: James Sedgwick Distillery
Bottler: James Sedgwick Distillery.
Type: Single Grain
From: South Africa, No Defined Scottish Region
Posted: 10/04/2019 by Tom

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