A unique whisky from the tip of Africa

Made with only 100% sun-kissed South African grain, in a region that boasts 850-million-year-old sandstone and a diversity of indigenous fynbos, there’s a story in each sip of Bain’s exceptionally smooth single grain whisky.

The James Sedgwick Distillery
The James Sedgwick Distillery

A tribute to the unique

The taste of Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky reflects the unique place where it’s crafted, in the Cape Mountains, near the foothills of the Bainskloof Pass in Wellington in the Western Cape, South Africa. Only the finest South African grain is used, setting Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky apart from any other whisky produced in the world.


A unique man

Launched in 2009, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky pays tribute to Andrew Geddes Bain, whose vision, resolve and expertise conquered the Cape Mountains and built the architecturally splendid Bainskloof Pass, connecting the town of Wellington to the interior of the country in 1853.

Bainskloof Pass
Bainskloof Pass

A one-of-a-kind endeavour

The Bainskloof Pass, now a national monument, is a botanically-rich area of the Cape, made up of pine forests, a variety of indigenous fynbos, crisp, clear mountain pools and breathtakingly scenic views. Bain’s is inspired by the natural beauty of these Cape Mountains, and its high peaks, cool valleys and biodiversity influence the delicate flavours of our whisky to this day.

Andy Watts
Whisky Distiller

A one-of-kind distiller

Founder Distiller Andy Watts has pioneered many South African whisky firsts, including the country’s first single grain whisky. After a stint learning the art of whisky making at Morrison Bowmore Distillers in Scotland, Andy was appointed as only the sixth Master Distiller of The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington since its inception in 1886. It was his vision and perseverance that perfected Bain’s over ten years, making it one of the first single grains on the market, long before the trend of single grain took hold.

A signature South African Whisky
South African Single Grain Whisky

A new style of whisky

Instead of just replicating traditional American whiskies, Andy questioned what has gone before. He had the vision to create something different, something new – a whisky made in an unexpected climate that would not follow any rules. What he created in the beautiful mountains of Bainskloof is a new style of whisky – a balance of the smoothness of Irish and the flavour of American whiskies. 

It all starts with the grain
Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky

A singular vision

Andy has been instrumental in the many accolades and awards won by The James Sedgwick Distillery, including the award for World’s Best Grain Whisky 2018 at the World Whiskies Awards. 

It is his vision to produce unique whiskies that cement South Africa on the New World Whisky map that sets him apart from other distillers. It is this singular vision that has also seen him receive global recognition, including global Icon of Whisky Master Distiller/Master Blender for 2018.

Experience a tasting at the home of SA whisky

Join us for tasting tours at The James Sedgwick Distillery every Friday and Saturday at 10am and 2pm. Booking is essential. Our tours are intimate and we can only accommodate 20 guests at a time.  

Single moments in time

Every moment tells a story. Browse a selection of our favourite whisky moments and images of the breath-taking Bainskloof Pass from the Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky archives.