It’s the time of year when members of South Africa’s retail sector launch aggressive advertising campaigns in their bid to get you to spend your cash with them and not their rivals. Most notable at this time of year is the annual deluge of ‘whisky porn’ – the colour catalogues featuring g a broad range g of predomip nantly Scottish single malts and blends inserted into newspapers and magazines. Typically, prices range from around round R150 for a standard Johnnie Walker Red Label (there are no Highland hland Heather or Scottish Dream “made ade in Brakpan” blends here) to the more adventurously priced rare whiskies s with plenty below R1 000 a bottle, but more than a handful are considerably pricier.
Notably absent from this year’s Norman Goodfellow’s catalogue gue is 50-year-old-Glenfiddich, which Solly Kramer and Makro have in previous vious years priced at R199 000 a bottle e – or roughly R6 500 a tot. Makro this s year did have a single bottle of the e rare blend – one of just 50 available world-