Z For Zed

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.

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Best Classic Whisky c/othewhiskeynut

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.

Gold Blend c/oAfricanDistillers

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.


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