Woodford Reserve Bourbon Trail: In search of SA’s best Old Fashioned…

Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Woodford Reserve Bourbon is a super-premium, craft bourbon following the traditional method of distillation to produce bourbon of exceptional quality. The art of making fine bourbon first took place at Woodford Reserve in 1780, making the distillery one of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest today.

“Woodford is particularly suited to the Old Fashioned, a classic American bourbon cocktail steeped in history,” says Marson Strydom, Brand Mixologist at Woodford Reserve Bourbon. “The recipe is said to have been invented by a bartender in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky, in honour of a prominent bourbon distiller who brought it to the internationally acclaimed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.”

“Bourbon has seen a boom in South Africa over the last few years and each year the competition continues to grow,” he adds. “Woodford Reserve Bourbon is pioneering a new path for their beverages with the partnership with international Old-Fashioned Week and continues to grow from strength to strength.”

Chris Morris, Woodford’s Master Distiller

Woodford Reserve, which is the world’s top-selling super-premium bourbon, will join the Old-Fashioned movement in South Africa with the 5th annual Woodford Bourbon Trail campaign in search of South Africa’s best Old-Fashioned cocktail bar.

Forty participating bars and bartenders in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban will put down their cocktail shakers and pick up their mixing spoons to create their best rendition of an Old-Fashioned cocktail.

Alec Fahrenheim of the Shucked Oyster Bar in Johannesburg

At the Shucked Oyster Bar in Johannesburg, Mixologist, Alec Fahrenheim will mix you his Short Smile.

Alec Fahrenheim’s Short Smile

60ml Woodford Reserve Bourbon
7.5ml Cinnamon Maple Syrup
7.5ml Banana Chip Dry Sherry
2 Dashes Chocolate Bitters
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Add ingredients to a mixing glass
Add ice to mixing glass and serving glass
Stir ingredients
Strain into serving glass
Garnish with orange zest. Serve with a bar spoon between your teeth.

Participating Bars in Cape Town include: Cause Effect, Orphanage, Café Caprice, Burger & Lobster, HQ, Harringtons, Souk, Bascule, Silo Hotel, Vixi, Athletics Club, Iron Steak and Bar, Gorgeous George, Coco Safar, Village Idiot and the 12 Apostles.

Participating bars in Johannesburg include: Marbie Club, Little Fox, Saint, Truffles, Smokin Kills, Anti Social, Shucked, Tonic Linden, Epicure, Landmark, Sin & Tax, Streetbar Named Desire and Marble.

In Durban you can get down to Charlatan, Lucky Shaker Umhlanga, The Chefs Table, 14 on Chartwell and The Chairman and discover the spirit of Bourbon.

My tasting notes

From an elegant square bottles with details embossed in gold. In the glass, it is a rich golden amber. The Aromas are of dried peaches, apricots, oak providing spice and vanilla. On the palate, full almost chunky, full notes of orange peel, butterscotch. Enormous palate, very impressive glass. Cashmere clad and long gently waning aftertaste.

Add a couple of ice blocks to an old fashioned glass, and a dash of still mineral water. Sip gently. Snacks of fat green olives and toasted almonds, chunks of a smooth hard cheese will make great partners.

For more information visit https://www.woodfordreserve.com/





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