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2014-07-20 15:00

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Ever wondered how to pick the right whisky to suit your palate and your mood?

On Wednesday night, I visited Shine Studios in Braamfontein with a couple of curious socialites to ascertain our colours.

It turned out to be one of the best parties of the year. Meet Your Match, thrown by Johnnie Walker, was all sorts of amazing.

We were greeted by eye-catching displays and sampled 14 different flavours and textures, then rated our preferences. There was cigarette-like chalk that tasted like apple, truffles on a braai stand at a shisa nyama, clay-coated people squirting caramel on our tasters?–?it was a sensory feast.

At the end of the flavour tour, there was a computerised tallying of scores to discover your taste.

Dear reader, it’s with a heavy heart that I report I was announced as a Johnnie Walker Red. I don’t know what’s worse, that it’s former US vice-president Dick Cheney’s drink of choice or that it’s the cheapest. The promotions woman consoled me by saying I was in good company?–apparently, rugby hero Bob Skinstad is also a red.

How I hoped for gold or platinum. But it was not to be. In fickle society circles, you are what you drink.

I dusted myself off as DJ Black Coffee soothed my ego with his entertaining set. The rock star of DJs, he was almost swamped by eager fans seeking selfies.

Also spotted, albeit only for a few minutes, was Thato “DJ Fresh” Sikwane, who I hear is a platinum. He is a judge on SA’s Got Talent and we shared a quick handshake. The exquisite Jeannie D from Top Billing was in her corner having the time of her life?–?she is a gold, a woman of great taste. It was a night to remember.

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