IT’S NO SECRET that Cape Town is in the grips of a drastic drought. Everyone is doing their bit to conserve water. One way we encourage you to do the same (other than short showers and generally being water-wise travellers) is by signing up for a whisky tasting at the Cape Grace Hotel’s Bascule Bar.
Set beneath the classy Cape Grace Hotel on the V&A Waterfront’s West Quay, right on the water surrounded by super yachts, dragon boat paddlers and friendly seals, Bascule Bar is a great spot for those looking to kick back after a long day taking in the sights. As an extra benefit, Bascule is the in-house bar for the Cape Grace, one of our favourite accommodation spots in Cape Town. So it’s a perfect fit for an after-dinner whiskey before you hit the sack!
As bars go, Bascule Bar has got plenty going for it; from an incredible view of Table Mountain in the background (a prime drink-clinking selfie opportunity) to its proximity to the shopping options of the V&A Waterfront, the wonders of the Two Oceans Aquarium and the new jewel in Cape Town’s crown – the outstanding Zeitz MOCAA Museum in the Silo District. But, for those in the know, there’s an even bigger drawcard than this bar’s location – Bascule Bar boasts one of the biggest whisky collections in the Southern Hemisphere with over 400 different whiskies on offer (we can hear your jaws dropping from here).
While we love this city so much, we would not blame you if you decided to cancel your return ticket, move to Cape Town and join the private Bascule Whisky Club (which gives access to exclusive tastings, you your own storage cabinet, a cut crystal glass and the privilege of pouring your own whisky), we realize that might not be realistic for everyone. So, second prize is to sign up for Bascule Bar’s guided tasting through the world of whiskey. The shared experience will cover most of the basics from the distillation process, to origin (whiskey vs whisky) through the styles (Islay, Speyside, Highlands, Lowlands and so on) and includes six whiskies and three appetizers. If you already know your stuff and are looking for something a little more special, there’s the connoisseur option, The Sommelier’s Choice; a tailored tasting of Bascule Bar’s finest whiskies.
A selection of Luxury Safaris’ favourites from Bascule Bar includes:
Bain’s Mountain Whisky – proudly South African, this single grain whisky award-winning whisky comes from Wellington, approximately an hour from Cape Town.
Redbreast 12-year-old – an Irish whiskey for those who like a little sweetness and spice in their glass.
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban – a dark, complex Scotch matured in American white oak casks before being transferred to Portuguese ruby port pipes.
Ardberg Kelpie – an oily, peaty seaweed powerhouse from Islay that reminds us of the kelp-strewn beaches of the Western Cape… in a good way.
Not a whisky fan? Bascule Bar serves up an excellent selection of tapas and cocktails from whisky-focused creations to classic cocktails too. And, with Cape Town’s proximity to the winelands, there is also a fantastic wine list.
Find out more about Bascule Bar here.