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Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky

(70cl, 40%)

Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky

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Bain's Cape Bottling Note

Released in 2009, this is South Africa's first ever single grain whisky, coming from the The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington. Bain's Cape Mountain whisky is matured in first fill bourbon casks for an initial three years before spending a further two years in fresh first fill bourbon casks! It's named after the chap who built the first roads in Wellington.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Grapefruit peels, custard creams and icing sugar. Soon followed by nutmeg and vanilla sugar. Lightness throughout.

Palate: Soft and well-rounded with continued vanilla cream. Fresh pear, banana and hints of cardamom and oak.

Finish: The sweet citrus peels return, along with a little bit of meadowsweet.

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Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky Reviews


I was pleasantly surprised. In North America we have a very wide choice and Bains just took up first place on my list of favourites. What a wonderful experience, soft subtle sipping whiskey. Add some friends, some biltong and a cool autumn Canadian evening and you have just passed into a state of Nirvana!

24th October 2020

A lovely Soft and smooth dram

Given as a birthday gift, a lovely supprise of a whisky, soft fruit and caramel notes, smooth on the palate with a creamy mid finish, a new favourite dram that reminds me of some of the lesser known speyside malts. All in all a great wee dram 😁

28th August 2020

Keep it neat

I got bought a bottle of this for my birthday and it is gorgeous. Very smooth and definitely should be drunk neat (water/ice spoils it in my opinion)

24th July 2020

A great malt.

Brought this lovely whisky back from SA after a fantastic 3 weeks there in February this year, luckily before the pandemic arrived. It's doing much to ease our lock down as well as tasting superb.

17th May 2020

No right to be this smooth

It calls itself a whisky but is made from corn which I'm still not sure if that makes it a whiskey.
Either way, I'd heard this had won awards before going to Cape Town so was intrigued to try it.
Crikey, was I impressed. Insanely smooth and easy drinking. So good I bought 2 bottles back and stupidly gifted one of them - their gain was certainly by loss.
This whisk(e)y is immense.

26th April 2020

Long drinks

Definite bourbon theme, more subtle than Jack Daniels etc, needs coke and ice for my palate. Not unpleasant!

23rd March 2020

Its different

This a light grain Whisky, which is better off in cocktails than drinking neat. The taste is ok, but not to my liking.

9th February 2020

Very very good.

It's a lovely whisky. I wasn't expecting it to be nearly as good as it is. Bit of a bourbon thing going on. But pretty complex and a bit to easy to drink. My new daily.

17th November 2019

Good, in a different way

I've just cracked into my bottle. Lovely sweet fruity nose with custard and caramel. On the palate I enjoy a pleasant light flavour with oak, aromatic spiciness and sweet fruit. The finish is very pleasant, lingering nicely with a warmth and oakiness.

This is pleasant light whisky, light but not at all boring. There's a lovely creamy dessert thing going on here. I recommend highly at the price.

24th November 2018


just came back from South Africa yesterday Cape Town and my brother who lives there actually recommend that i should maybe just try this so purchased a litre bottle at airport current exchange rate it worked out about £18 and must say have thoroughly enjoyed a few drams tonight

3rd October 2018

nice one

Had this bottle bought for me fron SA as a present as they know I like whisky wow !!!! Superb grain whisky like
it a lot its somewhat different from some of the scotch whiskies i like but none the less a good drinkable whisky.
Will have to find a local supply to me as it is very moreish so people like me give it a go you wont regret it.

25th June 2018

Something Different

Something different. A New World Whisky unlike any other.
I heard about this when it won best single grain whisky in the world (2013), piqued my interest.
Finally getting around to try it. Pronounced fruit and smooth.

Would buy - good entry level.
Skeptical on where to place it, as its one of the only new world whisky that's not trying to replicate what Scotland or America does.

Try it for yourself - may not be for everyone.

14th February 2018

Fruity and very well matured with a smooth finish

Its one of my favorite whisky's given that unlike other Bourbons, you can actually enjoy it just o the rocks and the fruity flavors are super pronounced.

I love Bains a chilled day and when taking a break from the peated Islay malts which are my favorites

9th January 2018

Light and smooth

Tried this from my advent calendar. very light and smooth. would be a great introduction for the non-whisky drinker!

6th December 2017

Very nice for something diffrent.

Perhaps not all that traditional, the tropical cocktail of whiskeys.

2nd December 2017

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