More from the new feature on whisky bloggers from around the world this time we travel back to South Africa and chat with Marc Pendlebury.
I've been chatting with Marc from Whisky Brother via Twitter for a few months and we've even sent each other some samples across the globe. I really enjoyed reading Marc's answers and hope you do too.
Why did you start your Whisky website?
When my passion for whisky first ignited I didn't know many other whisky enthusiasts, and so I was looking to engage and share my journey with others. At that time, there was also no other South African (SA) whisky blogger that was actively posting, and thus, as I discovered more about local whisky happenings, I wanted to provide a source of whisky news and happenings that was of interest to fellow South Africans.
What is your earliest Whisky Memory?
My parent's J&B in the bar cabinet, when I was about 15 years old. Subsequently, this was also the first whisky I started drinking when my friends used to come over on the weekend and we'd sneak small sips from the bottle. At the point in time, I already enjoyed it more than my friends, and so I like to imagine I was destined to be a passionate whisky drinker!
In no particular order what 3 Whiskies would you recommend to someone new to whisky?
There are so many that are accessible to inexperienced palettes and present the opportunity to lift a veil from one's eyes, but considering availability and price, I recommend:
1. Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon Whiskey
2. Power's Gold Lable Irish Whiskey
3. Clynelish 14yo Single Malt Scotch
Although just a drop in the ocean, these three whiskies from different countries and styles immediately illustrate that whisk(e)y does not all taste the same, and eludes to the reality that there are different flavours, categories and types available, and it is not just made in Scotland!
Money no object, what Whisky would you love to own and open?
Surprisingly I don't have to think long about this. The 1st edition, Black Bowmore 1964, 29 year old, sherry cask, 2000 bottles, bottled in 1993 at 50%. This is a mythical whisky that I've read so much about. Hailing from the legendary Bowmore No. 1 vaults, it is the number 1 whisky on my to-try list, but sadly I expect never to have the opportunity. I keep hoping though!
Would you have any tips for other Whisky drinkers?
Find like minded people to share your passion with. Try as much as you can. Never write-off a category, style or distillery just because you've tried one or two expressions you don't love!
Why should people visit your website?
I focus on reviewing and providing tasting notes for official distillery releases, that are generally widely available.This way if you like the sound of the whisky, there is a very good chance you can actually get to taste it. I also provide a unique SA slant on my posts, providing local whisky news and events, but within a global context. I am a whisky drinker first, and a blogger second, so my notes are accessible and my commentary simple and honest.
Many thanks to Marc and please remember to go visit the website at Whisky Brother and see his view of the world.