The Dark Side with Black Bottle at Taste of Cape Town

It is almost time for Taste of Cape Town……

I can tell you about one exciting thing to look forward to at this foodie event, a bar hosted by famous blended Scotch, Black Bottle.  The whisky is back in black packaging with a revised recipe closer to the original 19th century taste created by founder Gordon Graham.


One will get to experience Black Bottle’s  richly layered taste with an appealingly subtle smokiness.  You’ll get to try it straight up, on the rocks or in a selection of delicious cocktails with some superb canapés to match.


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South Africa’s Mr Whisky, Pierre Meintjes (pictured above), the authority all the aficionados turn to, will be there to tell the story of the new Black Bottle, an ultra-versatile blend of single malt and grain whiskies, created by the expert hand of master distiller, Ian MacMillan.


Fresh and floral on the nose with whiffs of oak and smoke, it opens onto a silky sweet palate countered by delicate smoke and peat and ends on a lingering finish of spice.


When it was launched in 1879, Black Bottle came in a black bottle, but when World War I interrupted supplies, the producers switched to green.

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Now, a century later, it’s back in its original colour.

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Taste of Cape Town takes place at the Green Point Cricket Club from April 10 to 12.

Black Bottle sells locally for between R240 and R260 per 750ml bottle.


For more info, visit; Black Bottle on Facebook:



Join the conversation using the hashtag: #BlackBottleTaste #TasteofCT


Author Info


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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