Host: Marcelo Moreira
Cachaça (“Ká-Sháh-Sá”) – the “c” cedille has the “s” sound.
Other names: Aguardente, caninha, pinga.
Host: Jay Cary
The Old Forester brand has been around as long as any other bourbon brand in America. George Garvin Brown, a former pharmaceutical salesman, started what is now the Brown-Forman Corporation (still managed by Brown’s descendants). The name “Old Forester” is thought to be in honor of Dr. William Forrester (the bourbon used to be spelled with the double “r”), who recommended the drink to his patients.
Old Forester’s “Whiskey Row Series,” first launched in 2014. The series is meant to honor both whiskey’s and Brown-Forman’s long tradition, both pre and post-Prohibition. The series highlights Old Forester’s significant milestones and production innovations with each release.
One of the featured bottles in this month’s tasting has a bit of history to it other than the bourbon in the bottle. The “President’s Choice” bottling by Brown-Forman was a specialty product bottled in the late 1950’s to early 1970’s. It was a single barrel bourbon hand selected by the Master Distiller. In its early years (like our bottling), it was not a public release. Instead, it was a private selection only for “Distinguished Gentlemen” who worked for or with the distillery or who had some other distillery connection. Our bottle prominently features the name of one such distinguished gentlemen, “M.H. W. Ritchie.” We thought it would be interesting to learn a bit more of the man that made this bottle possible.
Host: Lee Bullock
What is the difference between a single grain and a single malt whisky? Consumers and even some bartenders have a misconception that single-malt Scotch is not a blended whisky, but this is a myth. Single-malt scotch is a blend, but it’s a very specific type of blend. In fact, nearly all whiskies on the market today are blends—bourbons, ryes, Tennessee, scotches, etc.