In a quaint little Johannesburg restaurant at the heart of Parkhurst’s bustling 4th Avenue, the walls are lined with bottles of whisky. You might miss it at first glance, but as you look closer you’re transported into a Willy Wonka-esque world of rare and unusual whiskies from across the world. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice, you’ll be drawn in by Bottega owner Saverio Cardillo’s passion and his live catalogue of unusual whiskies. People are understandably overwhelmed by whisky. Figuring out whether it’s spelt whisky or whiskey; choosing between Scotch or bourbon; deciphering the differences between single malt, double malt, twice distilled, triple distilled, Irish, Scottish or Japanese ... It’s a daunting task to join the ranks of seasoned whisky drinkers. Cardillo takes the edge off with his whisky club and private tastings. "I love sharing with people my knowledge and my experiences," he says. "I never say there’s a bad whisky — it’s entirely on your palate. There’s not...

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