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Whizzky takes a trip around Joburg’s best ‘honey holes’

Whizzky, one of the top Whisky apps globally, accompanied the website to discover the best Whisky destinations in Johannesburg, to be featured in their ‘Whisky Capitals of the World’.

 Administered by Nokulunga Msibi, the Whizzky App is one of the world’s most used and downloaded Whisky applications for Android and iOS, and is specifically developed and designed for Whisky lovers by Evolve, who are part owners. The app is managed by and is one of the many innovative companies that fall under the umbrella of Nfinity, an established innovation hub headed by entrepreneur Ken Varejes.

“As a shareholder of the Whisky Live Festival, one of the largest events of its kind in the world that provides a platform for sampling whiskies from all over the world, it made sense to look at developing a globally accepted application specifically for Whisky lovers,” says Nfinity’s CEO, Ken Varejes. “Whizzky was the culmination of everything that research showed us that people were looking for in an app of this nature.”The home grown app has already achieved a weighty 40 000 downloads and active users from across the globe, bringing it to the attention of the worldwhiskyday website. In the feature ‘Whisky Capitals of the World’ the site focuses on, with the assistance of local experts, locating and experiencing the ultimate Whisky destinations within a specific city. Nokulunga already had a very good idea of where the best Jozi spots were and according to her, “Joburg loves its whisky and its bars attest to this love affair.”

Some of the best places that stand out include The Maxim Lounge at the Da Vinci Hotel, Churchill’s Bar with its popular #WhiskyThursdays, Bottega in Parkhurst with over 500 single malts to choose from and Meli’s Lounge in Soweto. Other noteworthy whisky lounges and bars included Southern Sun Hyde Park Whisky and Cigar Lounge, The Terrace @Hyatt, the bar Hemingways in Kyalami and Robby’s and Just Badela in Soweto.

The trip included looking for the best Whisky Cocktails, where to go to ‘dram and dine’, distilleries and the best places to shop for one’s favourite tipple.

Other interesting information reflected on the Whizzky app is that Lagavulin 16 Year Old is a firm user favourite – it is the highest ranked whisky as well as the most collected. Jameson is the 9th most collected whisky on Whizzky and being Irish, is the only non-Scotch whisky in the top ten ranked and collected whiskies.

With the easy to use Whizzky app, connoisseurs and beginners alike can discover fine whiskies and that rare ‘unicorn’; scan bottle labels to get information in seconds, save favourites, rate, share ratings. Users can also start an exclusive, members-only Whisky Club and invite friends, collectively share and rate whiskies and save tasting notes. Additionally users can brush up on whisky news and watch Whizzky’s tutorial videos to improve their knowledge even further.


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