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Closing Off - A Fistful Of Whiskey

Author: Matt Wooler - Monday, December 04, 2017

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Wow that is it. We are done for another year and we finished off with a bang. Each year we want to do at least one dedicated event to American whiskey. This year we managed two with Southern BBQ Boilermakers at the start of 2017 and completed with A Fistful Of Whiskey. We spent a good deal of time choosing and selecting these whiskies to give a rounded experience of just what American is from liqueurs to blended whiskies to bourbons and then ryes.


We kicked of this sold out event at Crooked Tailor. These guys always look after us and they certainly are one of our favourite bars in the hills. Weather you want a cold beverage, a complex cocktail, a neat whisky or a delicious burger, hell maybe all of that, then you will get it here.


As always a welcome beverage is served on arrival and this time we left it completely to the bar to see what they could do. It was a hot day so something cool was in order. The lads developed a Southern Peach Smash which combined both the new Southern Comfort Black and the ever classic Jack Daniel’s Old No.7. with crushed fresh peaches and lemon juice. A perfect serving to get us started.


Kicking up a gear our guests were seated and whiskies were served. Apart from the two spirits on our cocktail to be profiled we also lined up six delectable American Whiskies. This line up included: TX Blended Whiskey (not available in Aus); Jack Daniel’s No.27 Gold (limited release not available in US); Old Forester Statesman Straight Kentucky Bourbon; Jim Beam Bonded Kentucky Straight Bourbon; Wild Turkey Decades Kentucky Straight Bourbon; Sazerac Straight Rye.


Our audience, as always, was a mix of return guests, seasoned appreciators and new faces keen to learn what makes American juice so good. Many questions were asked surrounding the differences between all these spirits as well as some real eyebrow raising as new discoveries were made in flavour.

We really enjoyed creating this experience to our audience and we are sorry to all those hoping to have gotten a spot only to have missed the ticket sales.

To get the full visual experience of the evening we have an album over on our facebook page.

See you in 2018!

 

Whiskies Tasted

Following are Dramnation's personal notes we supply at our tastings. We want to emphasis that we have listed, in many cases, ages for these whiskies even though they do not carry an age statement. This indication is an average only as a means to show how youthful whiskies display strengths and characteristics longer aged whiskies cannot. It is to be expected that these average ages will vary from batch to batch and year to year.




TX Blended Whiskey

Distillery: Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.
Region: Fortworth, Texas, USA.
ABV: 40%.
Age: NA.
Wood: Mixed.
Nose: Gentle, sweet, spirity with loads of vanilla & caramel. Notes of buttered popcorn.
Taste: Smooth & sweet that lingers while saturating the mouth..
Finish: Develops into a dry sweet vanilla texture that makes the mouth salivate.
Other: Texas is one of the largest consumers of whiskey in the USA with Canadian whiskey also being of highest volume. This whiskey was designed to appeal to the Canadian style market with a good deal of bourbon blended in.




Jack Daniel’s No.27 Gold

Distillery: Jack Daniel’s Distillery.
Region: Lynchburg, Tennessee, USA.
ABV: 40%.
Age: NA.
Wood: New White American Oak.
Nose: weet banana confectionery, charcoal & rich maple oak.
Taste: Rounded & smooth. Loads of sweet woody oak with some light charcoal ash.
Finish: Medium in length it dries a little towards the end as spices start to gain in the palate.
Other: A limited edition release it did not see boots on the ground in the USA. It sees maturation in new oak barrels before finishing in maple oak barrels. To double the process it is also charcoal mellowed a second time during the maturation process.




Old Forester Statesman Straight Kentucky Bourbon

Distillery: Old Forester Distilling Co.
Region: Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
ABV: 47.5%.
Age: NA.
Wood: New White American Oak.
Nose: Oak spice forward it is well balanced against rich brown sugar & vanilla.
Taste: Very oak saturated in the mouth an enveloping maple syrup effect takes hold with notes of lemon citrus & cinnamon.
Finish: Long and warming as dry spices prickle.
Other: Titled after its movie namesake, the Statesman Secret Service agents in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, this whisky was designed by selecting casks form the warmest cross sections of the warehouses.




Jim Beam Bonded Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Distillery: Jim B. Beam Distilling Co.
Region: Clermont, Kentucky, USA.
ABV: 50%.
Age: NA.
Wood: New White American Oak.
Nose: Big, round, nutty with almonds, chocolate, bacon & butter. Notes of dark toasted oak, spice & brown sugar.
Taste: Super saturated & chewy. Vanillas struggle to poke through the heavy oak & brown sugar textures.
Finish: Long & saturate it is a super slow drinker with a lingering sweetness.
Other: Bonded requires a bourbon to be made in one distilling season & be a minimum of 4 years old bottled at minimum of 50% ABV.




Wild Turkey Decades Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Distillery: Wild Turkey Distilling Company .
Region: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA.
ABV: 52%.
Age: NA.
Wood: New White American Oak.
Nose: Big maple syrup, bacon fat, cherry wood, some herbal mint spice will appear after the first sip, as does charred oak & fudge caramel..
Taste: Oily & sticky with cherry wood intensity, sugary maple syrup over pancakes & bacon with an assertive herbal spice prickle. .
Finish: Long & intense with very rich spices prickling up into the mouth as the profile becomes very drying..
Other: Decades is a mingling of barrels drawn only from the McBrayer Rickhouse. It is a rickhouse that sees its locality at a lower elevation on the Wild Turkey property which is told to not suffer as much temperature fluctuations as many of the other rick houses. It is a combination of aged whiskies from 10 years to 20 years.




Sazerac Straight Rye

Distillery: Sazerac Co. (Buffalo Trace Distillery).
Region: Frankfort, Kentucky, USA.
ABV: 45%.
Age: NA.
Wood: New White American Oak.
Nose: Dry crisp earthy mint, hot cloves, peppermint musk sticks.
Taste: Candied oranges, white pepper, herbal spicy peppermint.
Finish: Dry & chalky with a big spicy herbal punch.
Other: A contentious point with some the Sazerac Cocktail lays claim to being the first “branded” cocktail though The Old Fashioned appears to have had the word “cocktail” attached to it first in the early 1800’s. Appearing in New Orlean’s pre-civil war The Sazerac Cocktail is based on Rye or Brandy vs Bourbon and includes a dash of absinthe.




Southern Comfort Black

Distillery: Sazerac Co. (Buffalo Trace Distillery).
Region: USA.
ABV: 40%.
Age: NA.
Wood: NA.
Nose: Rich and spicey with notes of oranges, ripe fallen fruits.
Taste: Robust and smooth like a brown sugar organce glaze with a mingled spice background.
Finish: Rounded and rich where the real whiskey essence comes into play.
Other: Classified a liquer this is the first release seen in Australia by Southern Comfort that actually contains whiskey as part of the ingredients. Southern Comfort has not seen whiskey as part of the ingredients since well before the 1980's.


 

Jack Daniel's Old No.7

Distillery: Jack Daniel’s Distillery.
Region: Lynchburg, Tennessee, USA.
ABV: 40%.
Age: NA.
Wood: New White American Oak.
Nose: Sweet maple, mild spices and charcoals.
Taste: Always noticeably Jack with those maple oak notes and charcoal. The oak is always there but much more pulled back.
Finish: Long rich and lingering.
Other: No one actually knows where the name Old No.7 came from except Jack Daniel himself. There are theories, stories and wild tales but the end result is even the distillery cannot tell you for certain.



Introduction Beverage




Southern Peach Crush

Whisky: Southern Comfort Black and Jack Daniel's Old No.7 (equal parts).
Ingredients: 60ml total whiskey, fresh lemon juice, bar sugar, fresh crushed peach flesh, mint leaves, wedge of lemon crushed ice.
Method: It is at this point we have to mention that we failed to document the processes of combination or exact measurements.
Glass: Tumbler or highball.


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