Draymans Highveld, 43%

Price: $52.00 Issue: Summer 2011 Reviewer: Dominic Roskrow

The distillery makes big claims for this whisky, stressing that it shares the same high production values as Scotland, and the importance of altitude in the Highveld to maturation. This is the first whisky release from a Pretoria brewery, and it is fascinating. The nose is confused, but the palate is liqueur-like, with blackcurrant cordial and Vimto [a UK fruit-herb soda]. Its problem is its youth. It's not yet fully integrated, and there are immature rootsy notes here, but it's promising. €36 Currently not available in the U.S.