Private Barrel Co. adds first South African Whisky to its exclusive range


The House of Fine Whisky at Checkers LiquorShop unveiled the latest addition to join its exclusive Private Barrel Co. collection of whiskies.

The new 6-year-old James Sedgwick single malt is the first South African whisky to join the exclusive Private Barrel Co. range, sourced from the world’s finest distillers.

The 6-year-old single malt is the outcome of an experiment in maturation in Fino casks, set in motion by Master Distiller Andy Watts. The Fino finish demonstrates the influence the warmer South African climate has on the overall complexity and smoothness of the whisky at a younger age.

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Master Distiller Andy Watts introducing the new Private Barrel Co. 6 year old single malt single cask Fino Finish whisky at an exclusive event hosted at the award-winning James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, Cape Town.

The whisky spent three years in older American Oak before being re-vatted into Fino butt to mature for a further three years.

It is an exceptionally fruity single malt that is full of dry almond nuttiness, opening up to floral and fruity notes on the palate. The finish is warm and spicy with rich lingering fruit.

With only 677 bottles available, this whisky is set to become a collector’s item. It carries the signature of master distiller Andy Watts who was recently awarded the 2018 Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky World Master Distiller / Master Blender of the Year award.

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Treat yourself or someone else to an exciting new Private Barrel Co. single malt. Whisky lovers can pick up a bottle of 6-year-old James Sedgwick single malt from Checkers LiquorShop from the beginning of May and expect to pay around R700.

The Private Barrel Co. story 

Since 2013, Checkers and its whisky masters have travelled to some of the world’s finest distillers to source extremely rare, small batch whiskies. These hand-picked whiskies are selected for their unique character, rarity and devotion to the age-old traditions and then bottled under the Private Barrel Co. label and brought to consumers from single casks in limited edition, limited quantities.

Each bottle is individually numbered, with tasting notes, and exclusive to Checkers LiquorShop.

Once a Private Barrel Co. label is sold out, it is never repeated. As a result there is constantly something new to try in the Private Barrel Co. range and consumers can be assured of only the best quality and value in every bottle bearing the Private Barrel Co. label.