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Kentucky Straight Bourbons debut at Whisky & Spirits Live

By Whisky Live Staff 17-10-2017

The Buffalo Trace Distillery has earned more domestic and international accolades that any other distillery. The title of “world’s most award-winning distillery” has been earned through the uncompromising dedication of its craftsmen for well over 200 years. And you can taste them at this year’s Whisky & Spirits Live!

The array of Bourbons debuting at this year’s Whisky & Spirits Live raise an interesting question: what is the difference between Bourbon and Whisky?

Whisky is made from fermented grain mash such as wheat, corn, rye and barley, and is aged in oak casks which influences the colour of the liquid. Scotch Whisky is produced in Scotland and to be called “whisky” it needs to have aged in oak barrels for a period of 3 years or more.

Bourbon on the other hand, originates in the USA (mainly Kentucky) and it is distilled from corn. For a Whiskey to be considered Bourbon, the grain mash must consist of at least 51% corn. Bourbon is often matured in charred oak barrels which also contributes to its characteristic caramel sweetness.

Bourbons to expect at Whisky and Spirits Live

Sazerac Rye

Sazerac Rye has a light amber/ burnt orange colour. The nose includes sundried peaches and spice with a hint of caramel and oak. Notes of rye grass, peaches and light caramel are not overwhelmed by a huge burst of cinnamon spice. A little oak wood at the end leaves a very clean palate.

Buffalo Trace

Considered one of the world’s greatest Whiskeys by Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible, this Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has an outstanding aroma that is kicked off by a spicy prickle. It is rich, complex, and smooth in taste. It has a satisfyingly deep, gentle vanilla with a spring of mint and rye that offers extra depth and a layer of bitterness.

Eagle Rare Single Barrel, 10 Year

This bourbon is aged for no less than 10 years. It has early aromas that include gentle grain, toasted honey-wheat bread and tobacco leaf.The finish is long, corny sweet and moderately fiery.

Blanton’s Single Barrel & Gold Edition

Named after Colonel Albert B. Blanton, who first bottled his private reserve Bourbon nearly a century ago, each barrel was personally reserved and bottled for ambassadors, dignitaries, family and friends, becoming the world’s first single barrel Bourbon.

Powerful, dry, vanilla notes with hints of honey amid the strong caramel makes for a Bourbon that suits almost all tastes.

The Gold Edition has a rich taste of dark fudge citrus, oak and cream combined with the spiciness of white pepper and rye lead to a long finish. The nose is powerful and dry, marked by honey, heavy rye, dried fruits, vanilla and chocolate.

1792 Small Batch

This Kentucky Straight Bourbon is made from a signature high rye recipe. It has an expressive and elegant flavour profile. Unmistakable spice mingles with sweet caramel and vanilla to create a Bourbon that is incomparably brash and bold, yet also smooth and balanced.

W. L. Weller

This 12 Year Old is aged far longer than most wheat bourbons. Bottled at 90 proof (known as Kentucky proof) this Bourbon has a soft flavour perfect for sipping. Sweet, with a presence of caramel, honey, butterscotch, and a soft woodiness, it has aromas of lanolin, almond, creamed corn and toasty vanilla, with a long oaky smooth finish.

Book tickets here to experience the Kentucky Straight Bourbons at the Whisky and Spirits Live on at the Sandton Convention Centre, 8 – 10 November.

Drink responsibly. No under 18s allowed.

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