The multiple award-winning Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky — South Africa's first and only 100% single-grain whisky — is making its United States debut this month at selected locations in Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri.
Named "World's Best Grain Whisky" at the 2013 World Whiskies Awards, Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky is crafted at the James Sedgwick Distillery, in the historic farming town of Wellington. It owes its delicate aroma and distinctive flavours to the finest-quality South African grain available, combined with local waters that flow over 850-million-year-old sandstone and indigenous fynbos.
Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky is distinguished by its unique "double-maturation" process: After an initial maturation period of three years in specially selected, first-fill bourbon casks, the product is released from the wood and then re-vatted into a second set of first-fill bourbon casks for a further 18 to 30 months, to extract its full flavour. The interaction between spirit and wood produces a mix of vanilla, toffee and floral aromas and flavours, with a hint of spice softened by the sweet undertones of the oak casks in which the product is matured. The result is a warm and extended mouth-feel, with a smooth finish.
Master Distiller Meets American Public
Production of Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky is managed under the watchful eye of master distiller Andy Watts.
Watts, who is only the sixth manager in the nearly 130-year history of the James Sedgwick Distillery, has been instrumental in the distillery's numerous achievements. He has established many firsts on South Africa's whisky front, including production of the country's first single malt; development of the first blend of South African and Scotch whiskies; creation of a 100% locally blended whisky; and, more recently, introduction of South Africa's first single-grain whisky.
Earlier this year, Watts was a finalist for World Distillery Manager of the Year in the World Whisky Icon Awards competition.
Originally from England but now an adopted South African, Watts recently made his way to the United States to personally introduce American consumers to Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky. In selected parts of Illinois and Minnesota, he will be engaging shoppers with tastings, plus a discussion on the art of whisky production.
"Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky showcases South Africa's ability to produce a premium, specialist whisky that reflects a unique taste of place, while holding up to award-winning, world-class standards," said Lee-Anne van Wyk, Bain's Global Marketing Manager for Distell. "This is a proudly South African whisky — created using only the finest South African grain and crafted with meticulous care by one of the world's most-passionate whisky masters. It is an elegant, lightly flavoured, refined spirit that is overdue for the American consumer who appreciates a smooth, easy-drinking whisky and is interested in trying new things."
The plan is for Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky to roll out across the U.S. this fall, van Wyk added.
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