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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The invite said Bar Ber Black Sheep… My first thought … spelling error? The song is BaBa black sheep. But Google quickly corrected me and directed me to Rosebanks’ new hip and happening spot. Park Corner, a new development on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Bolton Road in Johannesburg. A barber and a bar combined. A place to meet up with some friends and get a haircut. All in 1 afternoon. Quirky, but quite cool. The function was the American Whisky tasting and food pairing experience with Brown Forman’s American Whiskey ambassador Cam Dawson together with Jack Daniel’s and Woodford Reserve.
Some time ago I found the National Day Calendar that lists all the National Days celebrated in the USA. O my word! It has been a fabulous source of inspiration. There are monthly observations listed, daily celebrations and even National Week observations. The month of March is National Peanut Month, Umbrella Month, Frozen Food Month and Celery Month. Celery is just too healthy and probably a bit strange to pair with whisky. So I decided to theme my month of March as “take way food and drinks”. Yes, the other side of the spectrum. This month I am pairing a few great drams with well known fast foods. And first up is my personal favorite – PIZZA and whisky.
Between the ‘Back to School’ ads and just before the Easter Eggs , there is one of my LEAST favourite “commercial” days – Valentine’s Day. The price of flowers goes up, the price of chocolates and champagne goes up and the shops are filled with red and pink hearts and soppy messages. There is so much pressure! With all this commercial pressure, it feels like we loose the important point of just having fun. And Valentine’s Day should be fun!