Every month, Whisky Brother Shop publish their top 5 sellers for the month. It is always interesting to see the old favourites (Glenmorangie, Ardbeg and Glenronach) share space with newcomers. The June the list had an interesting surprise. Obviously, after Ardbeg Day at the end of May, it was expected that the Ardbeg Kelpie will make an appearance. However number 2 on the list was interesting. A South African whisky aged in Brandy Casks – Boplaas whisky.
I saw the Boplaas whisky a while ago on social media and managed to grab a bottle. It is great to see that this local release getting more exposure. I was rather intrigued by this SA release and did some more research on Boplaas.
The Boplaas Family Vineyards in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo is known for crafting and distilling pot still brandy, port and wines. The brandy distillery dates back to 1880, with the first order of brandy sent to Cape Town harbour for export to London. In the early 1920’s the distilling license was repealed and the potstill stood dormant for nearly 70 years. However, it was fired up again in 1989 and in 1994, Boplaas released the very first Estate brandy – the Boplaas 5 Year Old Pot Still Estate Brandy.
The Boplaas brandy, cape ports and dry table wine of Portuguese varieties has won numerous prizes around the world.
The latest addition to their product range is the Boplaas Whisky, a blended cask aged grain whisky. The Boplaas Whisky is made from maize, and distilled to an alcohol content of 93% and then diluted with distilled water to 68% strength. The aging takes place in American oak barrels for between 54 and 60 months.
The spirit is then finished in Boplaas brandy barrels for a short time. The Boplaas whisky is bottled unfiltered. I have also seen a Boplaas Craft Gin but is yet to get my hands on this one.