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Category: Bourbon whiskey (Page 1 of 5)

Koval Bourbon Single Barrel Whiskey

Koval single barrel bourbon whiskey header Koval bourbon

I have been testing and writing about an American Whiskey or Bourbon every month for the last two and a half years, but slowly I am running out of affordable bourbons available in SA to taste and write about.   I might have to switch over the Irish whiskey in a month or 2. Anyway, this week I am opening my first Koval, the Koval Bourbon whiskey.  It is available in SA through WhiskyBrother or Aficionado’s and a new distillery. Both to my collection and in age.  

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Jim Beam White Label Bourbon Whiskey

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The year 1795 was a busy year.  Wars started and ended, treaties were signed, country debts were paid,  Hayden released his 102 ’nd Symphony in B and Thomas Seddal harvested a 8.3-kg potato from his garden in Chester, England.  Funny all the things that history captures as important at the time.  This was also the year that Jim Beam was founded by a group of German farming immigrants.  Jacob Beam noticed how fertile the Kentucky region was for cereal farming and he grew corn and grains which he eventually used in his whiskey. 

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Eagle Rare 10 yo Single Barrel Bourbon

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My first Bourbon for 2017.  Last year I started on quite a good note with the Makers Mark. It is one of my favorite bourbons.  Will this year start off with a Bourbon BANG?  First Bourbon for 2017 is the Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.    I tried a variety of Bourbons during 2016.  Very few of them impressed.  I love the sweeter taste of bourbon.  I have a sweet palate and love the sweet toasted oak and vanilla notes that a bourbon offers.   The bourbon variety available in South Africa is quite small and it feels like it is becoming smaller.  Yes, you can buy some interesting bottles through Bottleshop, but they are not readily available to the average bourbon whiskey drinking.

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Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon 2006 Vintage

Evan Williams Single barrel 2006 vintage Bourbon

This Evan Williams Single Barrel is my last official bourbon tasting notes for the year 2016. I can’t believe how quickly this year sped past. What a year it has been. I tried 6 different Bourbons this year as well as 2 Rye Whiskies. However, only 2 bourbon’s genuinely impressed me. It was only the Makers Mark and the Bulleit Bourbon bottles that will need replacing soon. The 2 releases from Heaven Hill were less than stellar.

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Rittenhouse Rye Straight whiskey

Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey

My first experience with Rye whisky was earlier in the year, when I tasted the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye. Rye based whisky is relatively unknown in SA. I liked the spiciness of Rye and looked around for some more.  I found a few interesting expressions at Bottleshop. They do stock a few, such as the Pappy van Winkle Family Reserve 13 yo at R 19 000 a bottle.  Hmmm…Slightly out of my budget. Fortunately for me, I found this bottle of Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey at WhiskyBrother for a lot less.

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