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Beautiful Bourbon at Whisky & Spirits Live!

By Whisky Live Staff 06-10-2018

Truman & Orange, has added Buffalo Trace and the Sazerac range of bourbons to their portfolio. They will be exhibiting at this year’s Whisky & Spirits Live in Sandton from 31 October until 2 November and sampling not only the flagship, Buffalo Trace, but also Sazerac Rye, Blanton’s Single Barrel and Eagle Rare.

You should be excited for these reasons:

  1. No-one could’ve predicted the global surge in the demand for premium Bourbon by 2018. Bourbon is one of the most dynamic whiskey categories both worldwide and in South Africa where it has grown by 45%. This means that it’s really difficult to get your hands on a good bottle of premium Bourbon to buy and the opportunity to sample it is even rarer!
  2. Buffalo Trace, Sazerac Rye, Blanton’s Single Barrel and Eagle Rare are all distilled, aged and bottled at the Buffalo Trace Distillery which is the most award-winning distillery in the world. Yip. An American distillery is the home of the world’s most-awarded distillery.
  3. This year’s World Whiskies Awards (WWA) winner in the World’s Best Bourbon category is also part of the Sazerac range: 1792. It is not produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery but at the Barton 1792 Distillery. Established in 1879, Barton 1792 Distillery continues today as the oldest fully-operating distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. Situated in heart of bourbon country, Barton 1792 Distillery was named in honour of the year Kentucky joined the United States. Rumour has it, there may be a few bottles of 1792 available for sale at Norman Goodfellows at the event!
  4. About those awards… Aside from a slew of awards for the 3 distilleries that produce the Sazerac range (including the yet-to-be-mentioned A. Smith Bowman Distillery which recently produced the bourbon that won Whiskey Magazine’s World’s Best Bourbon two years in a row), Buffalo Trace Distillery received top recognition in Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018, where it received the prize of World Whisky of the Year for its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon. Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018 also honoured Buffalo Trace Distillery whiskies as Bourbon of the Year, Rye of the Year, Best American Whisky No Age Statement, Best American Whisky 9 Years and Under, Best American Whisky 10 Years and Over, Best Rye No Age Statement, and Best Rye 11 Years and Over!
  5. Do you really need a 5th reason? OK. Any craft barman worth his salt will tell you that Sazerac Rye Whiskey is the one and only New Orleans original. Supply of it in SA is very limited so it isn’t usually available for sale, and especially not for sampling. This year, though, limited samples will be available at Whisky & Spirits Live at the Buffalo Trace stand! What makes it so special? It’s a Rye Whiskey that dates back to the 1800s, around the time when saloons, veiled as Coffee Houses, began lining the streets of New Orleans. It was at the Sazerac Coffee House on Royal Street where local patrons were served libations made with Rye Whiskey and bitters, which became known as the “Sazerac” that America’s first branded cocktail was born. This is the Bourbon whiskey that started it all.

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