Two boxes of Six Dogs Distillery’s Honey Lime Gin recently arrived at my doorstep for the 2021 Thirsty Traveler Annual Spirit Tasting. I had been
Kwande Craft Gin is the brainchild of Lunga Tukani who was inspired to become a gin purveyor because he believes in making his aspirations real.
Porkbush Gin is a Johannesburg Dry Gin meaning that it has followed the classic London Style Dry Gin distillation process. In essence this means that
Piennar and Son Distilling Company are located at The Cruise Terminal on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. This bespoke distillery specializes in Vodka and
Distillery 031, named after Durban’s dialling code, has managed to establish itself as South Africa’s most internationally-awarded distillery. When Andrew Rall founded the company in
The Deep South Distillery, located in the seaside area of Kommetjie in Cape Town, boasts a great selection of spirits. This small, but well-equipped distillery
Still-Oaky Distillery comes with one of those great stories of trials and tribulations that are overcome through determination and hard work. This distillery is the
Thirsty Travelers Annual Spirit tasting was held at the Brickmakers Distillery in Port Elizabeth in November 2020 and was a roaring success. This was a
We love to travel and we love to sample the wares of the craft brewer, distiller and wine maker.
In the mid 1900’s, governments worldwide almost killed off the art of distilling and brewing. The thousands of micro, boutique or craft distilleries and breweries that had been handed down from father to son were banned and destroyed and large corporations obtained the sole rights to distill mediocre, mass produced, but well-marketed spirits.
Thankfully laws around the world are being liberalised and craftsmen, with their passion for perfection and their desire to explore are producing amazing gin, vodka, wine, brandy, beer and other spirits.
Winemaking in South Africa had a terrible reputation until the 1980’s when many farmers decided to establish their own brands and produce their own wine. Competition, inspiration and a hard work ensure that today South African wines are some of the best in the world.
For those of you, who enjoy something special and want to pair their spirits, brew or wine with their food, mood and the atmosphere, there are new delightful, well-crafted and very special products appearing on shelves and more importantly, in on-line stores.
At the Thirsty Traveler, we take our food, brews, wine and spirits very seriously and, at times, light-heartedly too. Thus, in the true spirit of investigative journalism, we embarked on some very careful research into South Africa’s wines, brews and spirits.
We frequently conduct tastings of gin, vodka, wine, brandy, beer and other well crafted spirits.
Each Heritage Day we invite micro brewers from around the country to send us their wares for a tasting. We and the brewers have had great success with these tastings in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
We also conduct regular tastings of wines, gins and other spirits.
Read on to find out more about what South Africa has to offer those with discerning taste buds.