The roots of this episode of the podcast run deep. You see, it was Andy’s Great Great Gran’pappy, a Kentucky cattle rancher and renowned inebriate, who was cooking up pot still whiskey on his ranch while at the next farm up, Stu’s Great Great Gran’pappy, himself a wild frontiersman and walking encyclopedia of folk tunes from far and wide, led the old-time hoedown string band. After a time, they’d get together on the porch in the evening sun to drink a drop or two of fine spirit and call out tunes to the band of players. It’s a tradition that we continue to this day with this very podcast...Of course, none of that is actually true but in this episode, This Is My Dram drinks Bourbon and an antebellum origins yarn must be spun.
We were challenged by the illustrious Bourbon Gents to taste some Bulleit Bourbon and they added in a bonus dram of Wild Turkey Rare Breed for good measure. The playlist theme set by the Bourbon Gents was “country music”, which was treated as something of a general guide.
It was agreed there should be no attempts at a Southern drawl during the podcast recording, no Dolly Parton and absolutely no comparative references to Scotch as “proper whisky”. To explain how hideously uninformed that would be, This Is My Dram were joined by the Bourbon Gent’s Mister Pie for an exclusive interview.
On to the bourbon, where Andy and Stu approached the freshly poured drams of Bulleit Bourbon with open minds and open nostrils and found much to like on the nose with honey, orange and oak notes. The palate too was sweet and oaky, with that orange note ever-present. Both found the finish to be a little tame and short-lived. Still, a very enjoyable – and affordable – bourbon whiskey.
The Wild Turkey Rare Breed flew out of its coop with a fantastically rich nose (or beak?) with notes of burnt toffee, mulled wine and oak smoke. The palate unleashed a thick gumbo of sugar and spice flavours that took some time to unpick while a drop of water – this latest barrel-proof release is 56.4% ABV – opened up even deeper oak notes. The finish was again short-lived but all in all a superbly balanced and intriguing glass of whiskey.
For the Spotify playlist, we brought in a range of music styles that tended to scrape the sides of the Country genre rather than going all in with a Rhinestone Cowboy costume. Several Alt-country tracks were joined by earlier blues, creole and folk songs from the likes of Vera Hall, Canray Fontenot and Steve Earle. A thread emerged linking several tracks with the Alan Lomax recordings, which are well worth checking out.
We also launched a brand new feature, the Dramier League Table which ranks all the whiskies tasted so far for nose, palate and finish.