Leah van Deventer

News and musings on drinks and fun

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How rum is made at Mhoba

In an exciting first for South African artisanal rum, Mhoba is on the verge of being exported worldwide. We chatted to Robert Greaves, master distiller, to find out how he makes his exceptional rum, and why it’s worthy of shipping abroad.

Five minutes with gin icon Christopher Hayman

Hayman’s of London, a true English gin that’s been around since 1863, has just launched in South Africa. We got to chat to master distiller and acclaimed gin guru Christopher Hayman – who was inducted into the World Gin Awards Hall of Fame in February 2019 – about his gin journey.

Beyond Bars

Life beyond bars: finding a place for formerly incarcerated women within the hospitality industry

South Africa’s unemployment rate is sitting at around 27%, which translates to some 6 million individuals of working age being jobless. It should come as no surprise that – in desperation – many turn to crime, ending up incarcerated. And when they’re released, they’re faced with the same dire employment opportunities, yet their situation is compounded by the fact that jobs are even harder to come by for formerly incarcerated people…