International Whisky - Single Malt

Bain's Cape Mountain Single Grain (South African Maize) Whisky

From: South Africa Liquor Review Category: Single Malt International Whisky

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2013
  • 2014

Beverage Testing Institute

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2016

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Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky was first launched in 2009 and is named for Andrew Geddes Bain and the Bainskloof mountain pass that bears his name. The whisky is made from South African grain sandstone filtered water. The whisky is aged in "first fill bourbon" oak casks (meaning that the barrels have been used only one time for the making of bourbon before coming to South Africa--we take this to mean that the whisky will carry vanilla and caramel notes that charred bourbon barrels are known for) for 3 years and then selected and "re-vatted" (in Scotland, they would call it a "marriage") for an additional 2 years of aging for a total of 5. The "single grain" referenced in all the marketing literature is South African maize, which North Americans would recognize as corn. This brings the whisky into a class of corn whisky made popular in North American and often used to smooth out blended scotch.

Lacking a category for international corn whisky, we have opted to classify it as a single malt in deference to the single grain nomenclature and their own comparisons to scotch on the website. 

While not a competition we officially follow because it's constrained to whisky, Bain's Cape Mountain won Best Grain Whisky at the venerable and respected Whisky Magazine's 2013 World Whiskies Award

James Sedgewick Distillery is located in Wellington, South Africa. It was founded in 1886 on the Berg River after several years of importing and selling spirits. The distillery is owned by Distell. There is an exceptional write-up describing the history and size of the facility at Live Out Loud

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Wuli27 Wuli27 (58) (2016-09-26)
very smooth. tastes like another.
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