We celebrate Independence Day with some great American Whiskeys
Set off some fireworks of your own this July 4th with some of these fantastic American Whiskeys. We've picked four from our range that showcase the rich character of the "Land of the Free" and the different styles of whisky available in the US.
The world’s best-selling whiskey hails from America’s oldest registered distillery. Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Brand Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey is iconic, but what about numbers 1 to 6? They simply don’t exist. So why does the number 7 grace this famous black label? Legend has it that old Jasper “Jack” Daniel had seven women in his life but only one held a special place in his heart. Another says that it was the number 7 train that carried Mr Jack’s whiskey, while some say 7 was just his lucky number. Only Mr Jack knows for sure.
Distilled in Loretto, Kentucky,
Maker’s Mark is a small-batch bourbon whisky – that’s right WHISKY. The famous
red wax-sealed bourbon from the Samuels family is missing an ‘e’ in tribute to
the family’s Scottish heritage. Following the repeal of Prohibition in 1932,
distilleries all over America rushed to flood the market with brown liquor
resulting in under-aged whisky that was rough and unpleasant. Bill Samuels Sr.,
a sixth generation distiller who wanted to begin afresh, sold his family
distillery in 1943 and ceremoniously burned the only copy of his family’s 170 year
old whisky formula – accidentally setting fire to his curtains as he did so.
The Empire State was once famous for its rye whiskey, itself the basis for the legendary Manhattan cocktail, but Prohibition put an end to small-batch distilling in New York. Some 80 years later, Tuthilltown Distillers resurrected the practice in the City That Never Sleeps with Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey, and in the 10 years that followed more than 90 other small Farm Distilleries have sprung up in New York State. Hudson Manhattan Rye is known for its spiciness; its rich and shifting flavour and aroma. A peppery start transitions to a honey-cinnamon depth with butteriness lingering after each sip. Try this one with vermouth and a dash of bitters for the iconic Manhattan cocktail.
Just off Route 60 near
Versailles, Kentucky, the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery has been the
site of distilling since 1780, just 4 years after the Continental Congress
declared the thirteen American colonies to be a new nation, the United States
of America. Despite this great heritage, the Woodford Reserve brand was only
seen on the market for the first time in 1996, following Brown-Forman’s
re-acquisition of the Distillery in 1993. This particular expression is part of
the “Masters Collection” series of limited bottlings produced using only malted
barley and triple distilled through the traditional copper-pot stills. The
Classic Malt is aged for 9 years in ex-bourbon casks giving notes of buttered
bread, strawberries and vanilla, and a long, malty finish.