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Category: Bourbon whiskey (Page 2 of 6)

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. 

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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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