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Poison of the month: Whistler Rum

July 12, 2018, Author: Hello Joburg

Get ready to sip your way through 2018 with Whistler Rum, Hello Joburgers!

Launch date: Launched in November 2017.  

Flavours: 

Whistler has two products on the market at present –  

Spice-infused:  

A true spiced rum. So new and different in South Africa that the government could not classify it. Infused with secret barrel-aged spices, creating softer, mellow flavour notes of cinnamon, vanilla and citrus. It’s loud and extroverted. Almost like December in Plettenberg Bay, only grown up and a little naughtier.

Dark Rum:  

It’s dark, it’s rich and its golden brown colour should be obvious. With deep flavour notes of dark chocolate, toasted toffee and roasted ground nuts, it’s like a sexy, nocturnal pudding, only manlier and more fun to share with people.  

 Cool fact 

  • Whistler is made in the unexpected location on the Free Sate – on a farm along the R70 between Riebeeckstad and Henneman in the Free Sate.  
  • The makers of Whistler attended a rum course presented by Luis Ayala at the Moonshine University in Kentucky, USA to learn how to make rum. 
  • In less than a year, Whistler has grown to what is arguably the biggest rum distillery in South Africa.  

Hangover Cure: 

We recommend that you have some ginger beer to fix yourself up if you’re having a rough morning. Ginger beer is also a great mix with Whistler rum, so when you’re feeling better, you’ll have the ginger beer ready for your next drink.  

Try one @ R299 per bottle, available via Takealot, Norman Goodfellows and selected Ultra Liquors, Tops at Spar, Checkers and Pick ‘n Pay Liquor outlets.  

Must- Try Cocktail 

The Free State Sand Storm:  

A tribute to the red August dust storms around the Whistler Distillery. If you’ve ever spent August in Bloemfontein, you’ll know the sight of winds blowing across dry red fields.  

Recipe:  

Ginger beer, bitters and Whistler Spiced Rum. It’s as simple as that. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary or slice of citrus for a drink the colour of the Free State in Spring and as refreshing as the first summer rains.   

Follow Whistler Rum on social media:

Twitter: @Whistler_Rum

Instagram: @whistlerrum

Facebook: @WhistlerRum

Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!

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