Africa is often seen as a growing & untapped market for western based whisky companies to expand into.
Of far more interest to me is the emergence of an indigenous whisky industry within the continent itself to cater for it’s own citizens.
Bain’s/Three Ships Whisky from South Africa might be the only brand available in Ireland – and very nice it was too when I found it in Dick Mac’s – but a quick internet search reveals a few others.
Qualito Craft Distillery – also in South Africa – have a Limpopo Reserve Whisky.
Rather than try to imitate Scotch – Limpopo Whisky proudly displays it’s origins in the name.
Helden Whisky are due to release a whisky that I’d love to try – African Bonfire Whisky.
I just love smoky flavours & the inclusion of African influences gives a degree of terroir to the table.
Further North in Nigeria there is a large market for whisky.
I’ve tried a few of their local brands over the years but mostly they appear to use imported Indian Whisky.
Eastern Distillers seem to have bucked that trend however with Whisky Elegamon.
Have yet to try it out.
A country I didn’t expect to find a whisky distillery in was Ethiopia.
An anecdotal conversation recently suggested there is a new distillery being set up – but an internet search revealed a Black Deer Whisky already being marketed in Addis Ababa on behalf of the National Alcohol & Liquor Factory.
If you’re looking some distillery tours Tripadvisor list numerous sites within South Africa offering, whisky, gin, rum & vodka to suit all tastes.
Now if I won the lotto – I’d be very tempted to explore the exciting flavours & scenery on show!
Irish Whiskey targets Africa for growth article here.
Bain’s/Three Ships Distillery website here.
Qualito Craft Distillery website here.
Helden Distillery website here.
Eastern Distillers website here.
National Alcohol & Liquor Company website here.
Trip Advisor South African Distillery tours here.