Each month Saverio Cardillo, whisky savant and owner of Joburg’s Bottega Whiskey Club, gives us his tip on the top tipple to get your hands on. October’s pick: Ardbeg An Oa. Why? If you consider whisky not to be a summer drink, think again. Here’s an offering that’s got all one wants in a dram — including a smokiness on the nose and when you taste it — but with a lovely, rounded sweetness. Of course you could knock it back neat, but for something a little unusual Cardillo suggests a riff on a martini. Add two parts of the An Oa, two parts sweet-and-sour mix and a squeeze of fresh lime to a mixer filled with ice. Shake, pour and enjoy. And yes, we were sceptical too, but we tried it and this is really a refreshing hot-weather treat. The deal: This single malt comes from the Scottish island of Islay, specifically its rocky outcrop, the mull of Oa. It’s nonchill filtrated, and has a cask strength of 46.6%. For more info and to buy Sav’s pick, visit bottegawhiskey.com. But wait, there’s...

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