The 14th of June is National Bourbon Day. A whole day to celebrate the magic that is the golden liquid from the USA. For a whiskey to classify as bourbon it must be made in the U.SA. In addition, its mash bill (mix of grains from which bourbon is distilled) must comprise at least 51% and no more than 79% Indian corn. Besides corn, the other grains used, include malted barley and either rye or wheat. Bourbon must be aged at least two years in a new, charred oak barrel made from American White Oak.
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During March this year, I got to meet Cam Dawson at a Jack Daniel’s function and taste a few interesting Jack Daniel’s releases. It was a great function that introduces a few whisky friends to more of how Jack Daniel’s is made. We got to taste a variety of releases, however the Jack Daniel’s release that impressed me most, was the Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel. I liked it so much, I went out and bought a bottle. At R600 a bottle, it is not too expensive and quite readily available.
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.
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.
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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