Last night saw the WHISKYdotcoza site wrap party take place. There’s still some information to chase up from errant suppliers, and a few final tweaks to be made, but we’re almost there. The opening bell is about to sound. Let the trading begin…soon.
Our event was held at Pepénero in Mouille Point – a venue that I frequent regularly, and so do many other Capetonians it seems; Wednesday night and the place was packed to capacity. We chose it for the party because it’s a great place to drink whisky. For starters there’s a meaty selection of whiskies, as one would expect because it’s owned by the scion of one of the doyens of the local liquor industry. The bar area is atmospheric – featuring an opulent décor style (which extends to the restaurant), large comfortable leather couches, and a massive travertine bar counter, which is just perfect for propping up whisky-sipping barflies. Take a bow Paul Kovensky.
I asked to bring in my own whiskies – their selection is wide, but by no means exhaustive – which they graciously allowed, so we worked our way through bottles of Macallan 12yo Sherry Oak and Highland Park 12yo, a taste journey starting from preserves and working its way to soft smoke. I appreciate Islay malts once in a while, but I’m by no means a peat-freak, and this Highland Park is just right; enough peat into which to sink your teeth, but not so much that it clobbers you over the head. Awesome stuff!
On the culinary front the restaurant was as reliable as always. They have a fairly broad menu, but I find myself gravitating to their sushi more often than not. It’s delicious and reasonably-priced, a winning combination in my books. I like my sushi with strong wasabi, and too often restaurants don’t get this right. Pepénero’s wasabi takes no prisoners – it sits up and punches you in the nose.
On the whole a great evening with our web designers and friends from Milk, who have done an amazing job. Whisky, good company, and a great setting…what more is there?
Happy Easter everyone. May the dram be with you.