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5 Whisky Recipes That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Do you like whisky? Do you like trying new things? If so, then you're going to love this blog post. In it, we will be discussing five unique whisky recipes that are sure to knock your socks off. These recipes are perfect for whisky lovers who want to experience something new and exciting. We'll talk about the different types of whisky that can be used in each recipe, and provide some tips on how to make each one. So, if you're ready to try something new, keep reading!

Recipe No. 1: The Sandy V

While the “Old Fashioned” is a classic, we think it’s time to retire the Don Draper staple and spice it up with our own, fresh, Summer whisky cocktail. This recipe uses bitters, ginger ale and a simple orange garnish. Serve in a tumbler with plenty of ice.

Ingredients:

Method:

To make this drink, fill your glass with ice and stir in an everyday whisky or bourbon (we think our very own Bain’s Single Grain works beautifully). Top up with a quality ginger ale and add a couple dashes of bitters. Garnish with an orange slice, put your feet up and enjoy!

Recipe No. 2: The Smoking Granny (or Gogo’s Mutie)

Forget the Whisky Sour, this smoky, sharp cocktail will pummel your tastebuds and leave you feeling warm and breathless. It’s the perfect blend of sweet, sour and smoke for any occasion. 

Ingredients:

Method:

Start by slicing the apple into quarters and juicing. Place a large ice-block in a tumbler, add a tot of peated whisky (we recommend a Laphroaig or Ardbeg) and mix in the simple syrup. Pour in the apple juice (there should be a nice layer of foam on the top) and garnish with a couple of mint leaves.

Recipe No. 3: The Tipsy Sponge

It’s no secret that whisky pairs beautifully with anything sweet. So why not add it to your under-dressed dessert? Swop the custard for a sweet, sherry-matured dram and you’ve officially levelled-up your after-dinner treat. The options are endless.

Ingredients:

Method:

Add the ice-cream to your bowl of hot pudding. When the ice-cream starts to melt, pour the whisky (we recommend a big splash of Naked Malt, Tamnavulin or GlenDronach 12) over the contents, making sure it soaks into that sponge. Top with strawberries and a sprinkling of almonds.

Recipe No. 4: The Godfather

The Godfather is one of the most popular whisky cocktail recipes. After a delicious meal, enjoy this easy yet elegant whisky and amaretto cocktail. Serve with plenty of ice and an orange peel spiral.

Ingredients:

Method:

Pour the whisky and amaretto into a mixing glass or jug, then add a large handful of ice. Stir with a long-handled spoon until the outside of the glass feels really cold, then taste to check the dilution. Fill a tumbler or rocks glass halfway with ice and strain the cocktail over it. Drop in either the orange peel strip or create a twist (trim ragged edges from it, wrap around a skewer, and after holding for a few seconds, drop it into the drink).

Recipe No. 5: Lynchburg Lemonade

The Lynchburg Lemonade is named after Lynchburg, Tennessee, the hometown of the Jack Daniel's Distillery. The Lynchburg Lemonade is a whisky-based cocktail that is perfect for summertime. This recipe combines whisky, lemon juice, and triple sec to create a refreshing and delicious drink.

Ingredients:

Method:

Combine the whisky, triple sec, and lemon juice. Mix well and pour into a glass filled with ice. Top off with lemon-lime soda and garnish with a few lemon slices.

In Conclusion

Whisky is a complex drink that can be enjoyed in many different ways. These five whisky recipes will give you a taste of the many different flavours and combinations that whisky can offer. Whether you are looking for a refreshing cocktail for summer or need a unique tasting experience, these recipes will not disappoint. Cheers!

If you're interested in learning more about whisky and the different ways you and your friends can enjoy it, we recommend booking an online or in-person whisky tasting session with The Whisky Rebellion!

5 Surprising Facts About Whisky

Whisky is a complex drink that has been around for centuries. It has a long and storied history,  filled with many interesting facts and anecdotes. In this post, we will discuss five surprising facts about whisky and provide information about how you can book your own whisky tasting experience!

Fact #1: Whisky is made from grain

Did you know that whisky is made from grain? In fact, it is made from a variety of different cereal grains, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Each style of whisky has its own unique flavour profile, which is determined in part by the type of grain used to make it. 

Barley is the most common type of grain used to make whisky. It is responsible for giving the whisky its characteristic flavour and aroma. 

Corn is the next most common type of grain used in whisky production. It is typically used to add sweetness and body. 

Rye and wheat are less common grains used in whisky production. They are often used to add spice or fruitiness to the flavour profile of a particular whisky. 

Fact #2: Whisky is aged in oak barrels

Whisky is typically aged in oak barrels. Through a natural maturation process, the barrel imparts flavour and complexity while mellowing the harsher elements of the spirit. The longer that whisky is aged, the more its flavour will be influenced by the barrel. 

Oak barrels are the most common type of barrel used to mature and age whisky. They are made from a variety of different types of oak, including American white oak, French Limousin oak, and  European sherry casks. Each type of oak imparts its own unique flavour to the whisky. 

Fact #3: Whisky was once used as currency

Whisky was once used as currency in Scotland and Ireland. This was because whisky was one of the few popular products that those countries had in abundance. In fact, there are records of whisky being used as currency as far back as the 16th century! 

Whisky was also used as currency in the American colonial era when there was a shortage of coinage. Whisky was also used to barter for goods and services. 

Fact #4: Whisky is a healthy drink

Whisky has many health benefits. In moderation, it has been shown to reduce stress, improve heart health, and even help to prevent diseases.  

Whisky is also a good source of antioxidants. These are important for preventing cell damage and reducing the risk of diseases such as cancer. 

Fact #5: Whisky is the global drink of choice

Whisky is the most popular type of alcohol spirit in the world. It helps that it is produced in many different countries around the world and has a wide range of flavours and styles. It is also nearly 100% sugar-free when sipped neat, making it the more popular choice for those conscious of their health and sugar intake.  

Whisky is also popular because it can be enjoyed in many different ways. It can be drunk neat, on the rocks, or mixed with other drinks. 

Want to try it out?

If you're interested in learning more about whisky, be sure to book an online or in-person whisky tasting experience with The Whisky Rebellion. You'll be able to sample a variety of different whiskies and learn about their history and production. Whether you like your whisky sweet or smoky, there is a whisky out there for you! Contact us today to get started!

Father’s Day 2021 falls on Sunday, June 20th which means it’s time to start thinking about the father (or father figure) in your life and how you can pay homage to your legendary Dad. Let’s be clear, just the whiff of soap-on-a-rope or another pair of socks will likely send him scuttling to his man-cave for a 2020-level sulk. So, to avoid any unnecessary drama, we’ve made shopping for the perfect gift as easy as 1, 2, 3… 4, 5! 

Here are our top 5 picks for Father’s Day gifts and the best part: they can all be ordered online and shipped to him, right on time for the special occasion.

The TWR Whiskey Tasting Box

A shameless punt for our own product? What can we say, it’s an exciting new idea that we're very proud of and it really makes a great Father's Day gift! The TWR BOX brings our years of experience in procuring and presenting fine spirits straight into your home. Inside each BOX is not only everything you need for an in-depth whiskey tasting experience, but also a link to a virtual presentation to guide you through the whiskey tasting. Packed with anecdotes, facts, opinions, and special tips, our presentation will be sure to change the way you experience these products.

https://whiskyrebels.com/shop/

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A Wild About Whisky Gift Voucher

The well-known whisky bar, a true landmark in the bustling little village of Dullstroom, boasts a bar and retail outlet with the largest whisky menu in the southern hemisphere. The retail store is jam-packed with an array of whisky, gin, tequila, brandy and cognac bottles for sale and their prices are hard to beat. A Father's Day gift voucher allows the lucky recipient to enjoy a fantastic whiskey tasting experience of their chosen spirit or to purchase a bottle of their favourite dram. 

https://www.wildaboutwhisky.com

father's day gifts

An EDGE Haircut

EDGE for Men wants every person to walk out of their salon feeling relaxed and confident. For men, EDGE turns the average ‘grudge’ haircut into a regularly anticipated visit; where their gents can expect a minty fresh head massage, refreshment of espresso coffee, juice, or beer as well as a look they were hoping for. They really are the best in the business!

http://www.edgeformen.co.za

father's day gifts

Celestial Gifts

Celestial Gift Experiences is an innovation that brings novelty to a world where people already own all the gadgets. Instead of buying another watch, another tie or another fragrance set, you now have the opportunity to buy gift experiences. Contact their ‘Bucket List Genie’ to arrange an out-of-this-world experience for your loved one!

https://www.celestialgifts.co.za

father's day gifts

Rocking Whisky Glasses, Set of 6

These glasses rock. Literally. The cleverly designed tapered base keeps them swirling, gently moving the liquid inside and exposing it to oxygen, making it taste better (without ever spilling a drop). Great for whiskey or cognac, they'll be the perfect companion on a cold night, making them the perfect Father's Day gift.

https://www.yuppiechef.com

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We've changed the game to bring a whisky and gin tasting experience to your home and corporate office. Whether it be for a birthday, anniversary, or corporate event, our whisky corporate gift pack is as versatile as it is thoughtful and concise. 

Everything you need for a whisky and gin tasting

Our whisky and gin corporate gift packs are fully kitted out with everything you'll need to have your own tasting including an access code to a 1-hour tasting information session presented by The Rebels online. This session gives you the opportunity to enjoy a whisky or gin tasting experience at the location of your choice on your own terms. 
Each whisky and gin tasting gift pack includes our selection of top-quality spirits in glass vials, taste pairings, garnishes, a pipette for controlled adding of water, an easy-to-follow setup guide, and a unique tasting mat that is both functional and artistic.

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Whisky and gin tasting and pairing experience 

Each gift pack is complete with garnishes, like dehydrated strawberries and lemons, or samples of interesting products like juniper berries to better understand the flavors in a gin tasting. For whisky, there may be taste pairings like handmade fudge to compliment one of the whiskies in the lineup. We've thought of everything so you don't have to! 


To complete your tasting experience you can now order crystal tasting glasses directly from TWR. The shape of this tasting glass helps to release and concentrate the aromas while diffusing harsher elements. Each tasting glass has a 210ml capacity and there are 3 glasses in each pack. Order yours to complete your tasting set.

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