South Africa is more famous for its Wines, but there has been serious Whisky production here for more than one hundred years. The James Sedgwick Distillery was founded in Wellington, South Africa in 1886 and they have been producing aged Whiskies here since day one. Today, they are the only remaining production distillery in South Africa — producing their world-famous range of Three Ships Whiskies and Bain’s Cape Mountain Single Grain.
Bain's Cape Mountain Single Grain is made from 100% locally sourced South African yellow maize (corn). But this premium Whisky has a ton more flavor than most Corn Whiskies because it is double-aged — three full years in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks and then transferred to different set of first-fill ex-Bourbon casks for an additional eighteen to thirty months. This give the dram a flavor similar to a well-aged, high-corn Bourbon itself. And a mighty tasty one at that.
If you're a fan of vanilla/toffee dominant whiskies, Bains Single Grain is a great shout, at a great price. It is soft and sweet on the nose, light and smooth on the palette with full vanilla flavours and some fruity undertones. Finish is smooth, medium length. A delightfully cheap and enjoyable grain whiskey!
I was happily surprised by this. Hadn't expected such a good drink from South Africa. A unique flavour, which I fully enjoyed sipping on.
Nose: corn, vanilla, floral. Taste: honey, musty, oak. A delightful surprise when I went to buy a second corn whisky. This is so light and sweet and enjoyable. Definite buy at $30.
It is sweet, but good. I can only drink a little if it at a time. Nice flavor-
Great nose and smooth finish. No need for water ice on this one.
Very smooth. The aftertaste is excellent.
Have you ever looked at the ingredients in vanilla extract? It’s like 95% alcohol, one drop of water, and a blast of vanilla bean. This whiskey takes the liquid fire of that vanilla extract shot we used to do in high school and makes a drink that you don’t need to chase with milk
A little harsh at first, but the flavors underneath are very warm and smooth!
Very smooth and a nice flavour
My go-to sipper! So smooth and flavourful. Loving the creamy toffee and vanilla.
Very good, smooth and easy drinking.
Great taste with a smooth finish. A little sweeter than your average, but I have a sweet tooth and love it.
Smooth, slightly sweet.
Smooth mellow relaxing
This has to be tasted to be believed. Mellow. Lots of vanilla. Pleasant finish. If you paid twice the price you would still think it worth it.
Uniquely mellow and easy to sip
Easy drinker with bits of real tiger!
Very smooth. Easy to drink on the rocks
I didn’t get a great taste from it from beginning to end.
This is a delicious whiskey, smooth and irresistibly drinkable.
We loved it. My friends loved it. Iam the hit of the party because no one can find it on line unless you are in the flaviar club.
I bought this for my future son in laws family from South Africa and found out they dont like bourbon. Still enjoyed it. Has a smooth caramel flavor and has a oaky finish. Not something to rush out for but is just as enjoyable as a regular Kentucky bourbon.
Ordered and drank this bottle a while ago, but I remember liking it. I was expecting more of a corn flavor, but it was still enjoyable. Light and sweet.
It was so so smooth it was the most powerfully smooth whiskey I ever had
This was very good. I love the notes of vanilla
I found this to be a very pleasant whiskey. Very light and sweet with vanilla taste. Definitely pleasantly surprised
It’s a bit sweet for my liking... probably better as a higher quality mixer than straight up sipping whisky.
This my friends, is it tasty drink. If you're looking for an interesting whiskey... (and we all know what I really mean by that)... If you're looking for a whiskey that will make you seem more interesting than you really are, pick up this South African Queen. With this bottle as a conversation piece in your home, you're sure to lock down your second wife in no time.
It's not bad. Pretty strong alcohol flavor up front (even for being a fairly low ABV whisky) but once you get past that the flavor is ok, even pretty decent. It grows on you. Still, probably wouldn't buy it again.
This is great for sipping. It’s smooth but flavorful. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed drinking this straight.
It has a really nice flavor but is pretty light, I also think a whiskey needs a little bite but if you like a super smooth whiskey definitely give this a try.
Really smooth and really tasty. Absolutely love the taste of this whiskey
All I can say is I love this whiskey!!
I love this whiskey!! It’s smooth without a barky bite!!
Love this whiskey smooth and powerful
I like the subtle notes of vanilla and oak and the smooth finish. Not a huge bold flavor.
Excellent. Very light
Too sweet for me, all I could taste was vanilla & maple. Was originally purchasing as a sipping whisky but will now use it for cocktails only. Not bad though
Overall a fun drink. Great aroma and smooth finish. I imagine it would mix well, but I mostly drink straight. As such, the sweetness was a bit too much for me.
Sweet maple nose. Orange marmalade on the palate with spice on the finish. Pretty sweet and decent to mix with.
I loved this whiskey with a little coke I can taste the vanilla flavor not over powering great mix.will buy again.
It is a very good, rich, Single Grain Whisky with a sweet birth, a full life & a long & delicate death.
Shared a bottle over 2 nights among 3 people, and a few samplers. Everybody liked it, even some none whisky drinkers. I would hold this up to many of the good bourbons I have tried.
But ultimately, I still like a smoky scotch better.
Very good light whisky. Good flavier upfront and the finish is smooth.
Smooth with a little more spice than i prefer.
Not as sweet as I thought it would be. Nice finish. Clean aftertaste.
Wasn't sure what to expect - extremely nice surprise to get such taste at this price. Would expect to pay double for this quality. The sweetness isn't "too much" and is a great & unique addition to the liquor cabinet.
Nice easy drinking, smooth and unique whisky. May be more of a 7 but for the price, I’ll give it 8 stars.
Sweet, but surprisingly balanced. Very smooth. Not much Aroma, and not a long finish. This is a whiskey I could drink all night.
It has a bit of a floral aroma that had me worried. But this is an easy sipping whiskey. Vanilla and caramel with a touch of fruit.
This is very good whiskey and for the price point, the is awesome whiskey. It is hard to find, but when you do get 2.
Amazing. I bought a couple bottles a few years ago, but can't readily find it her in the US. Smooth, clean finish and simple. It's a shame its not readily available here.