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Jim Beam – The Classic

History

One of the oldest and most venerable names withing whiskey and alcohol in general, Jim Beam Bourbon and Whiskey is a staple. The name comes from Jim Beam, the man who rebuilt the empire of whiskey after prohibition Starting back in 1795, Old Jake Beam sour mash was a hit. as the generations moved on, Old Jakes son moved to take advantage of the railway and distribute more efficiently. From there the name of the bourbon was handed down generation to generation, until being acquired by the Fortune Brands Holding company.

Flavours

The white Label bottle is seen as the most common variety and is smooth and strong. The Devils Cut is a smoother sharper taste that comes with a black label, nearly an opposite of it. The large range of flavored whiskeys are all smooth with an aroma and self-contained notes of their given flavor, these include: Apple, Honey, Red Stag (Black Cherry), Kentucky Fire (cinnamon), Vanilla.

Four Roses – The Legend

History

Legend has it that the founder of the four roses names it after a carnation that his soon to be bride would wear to a gran ball they attended, but regardless of the namesake the real interesting story came from the whiskey itself. Starting in 1884 as a standard whiskey. But then from the 1930s to the 1950s Four Roses was the number one selling whiskey in America, which is what made its discontinuation in America and subsequent move to Europe and Asia very odd. A young Jim Rutledge was set on bringing this classic back to its homeplace. And in deed it did, in 2002 under a new company Four Roses made a triumphant return.

Flavours

Their two major sellers are bourbon and rye, and both have a secondary version that’s called the 101 which is simply just a stronger version of its regular counterpart, names it is 101 proof. The rest of the line up consists of smaller batches and occasionally experimental whiskeys that challenge our tastes.

Wild Turkey – The Self-Starter

History

Although a whiskey before this point, the Wild Turkey name was bestowed on the whiskey from 1940 to 1976 was the year that wild turkey released their bourbon following a trend, but also hopeful to introduce new people to the bourbon world. Now a trend forerunner, the wild turkey brand released one of the first barrel proof bourbons, a method of shipping whiskey that has an even higher alcohol level that its counterparts even within the same batch. Based off their now already famous bourbon, in 2006 Wild Turkey also released a honey version, a much sweeter taste and feel. The next year bourbon heritage month takes place, and they release a new 15-year-old bourbon to honour and celebrate the craft they have poured all their time and effort into.

Flavours

The two that are commonly known are their straight bourbon and their rye. Both have unique tastes, both rich in flavor, but providing a nice contrast between each other. Both share a striking vanilla undertone, but the bourbon pairs that with spice and, well, pear. While the rye is far crisper leading it to be a perfect cocktail mixer.

Stork Club – German Engineering

History

A relatively new addition to the world of whiskies, Stork Club was a stroke of luck for all involved in late 2015. As the would-be-distillers traveled through German they met a man looking to pass on his distiller, and the group knew then and there that their lives were now intertwined with that of this distillery. In 2018 they achieved inter nation attention with their main accomplishment, for now at least, of having Germany’s first rye whiskey still.

Flavours

As of now, there are four whiskies under the stork name, they are the corn rye, called White Dog, a strong fruity taste, with sweet under-tones of chocolate. Their straight rye keeps the sweetness, with an undercurrent of vanilla, toffee, bitter chocolate, but increased the rye so it’s a more prominent taste. The two whiskies on show are near diametrically opposed to one another with the single cask being darkened with the flavors of spice and berries, whereas the single malt is sweeter with honey and tropical fruits.

Jack Daniels – The Party Starter

History

By far one of the most well-known whiskey brands on the globe, few brands can claim to be as popular or universal as the Jack Daniels logo. Founded way back in 1864, the No.7 was a charcoal mellowed whiskey. The production never really stops. Though in 1919 till 1933 whiskey was never sold, but rather stored in a warehouse, prohibition was hard but gave us some lovely aged whiskey. The moment Jack Daniels fully transitioned to a household name was with the help with the burgeoning rock metal and punk scenes. From New York to L.A. Jack Daniels was always there. Like many others n the list Jack Daniels Joined in and created their Tennessee honey in 2011.

Flavours

The main line No.7 is most widely known, but there are others. The flavorful side of ‘JD’ comes from their Honey and Tennessee Fire brands, which taste of honey and cinnamon respectively. And then for an even smoother experience, Gentleman, Jack is double mellowed and goes down even softer.