World Whisky Day is fast approaching on Saturday the 19th May 2018.
As part of the build up I’m featuring a series of blogs – both old and new – over the next month focusing on a country from each letter of the alphabet – if possible – that makes whisky.
Today is Z for Zed.
But Zed doesn’t need any whiskey – because in the famous lines uttered by Bruce Willis’s character in Pulp Fiction – Zed’s dead.
There are a few countries that begin with Z however.
They are very much alive and by all accounts they have a growing penchant for whiskey.
Zimbabwe is one of them.
I had the pleasure of sampling a bottle of Best Whisky from Westside Distillers in Harare.
Now the name is a bit of a misnomer – it’s clearly not the best.
Best Whisky appears to be a blend of ‘Premium Grain Spirit & Finest Scotch Whisky’ according to the label.
It also has a healthy dose of added caramel & comes over rather sweet, devoid of any real flavour yet packs a lovely glowing heat.
A robust little blend.
There is another company.
African Distillers also in Harare but with satellite offices throughout the country.
They too do a whisky.
I didn’t manage to get my hands on this one so what exactly it is a blend of I don’t know.
Either way there is obviously a growing demand that is being satisfied by local producers, blenders and bottlers.
As their skills grow you can only assume the Best will get better.
I look forward to that day.