Founded by J. Arthur Rackham, Daddy Rack Tennessee looks good and tastes great. This is a craft Bourbon in it for the long run.
J. Arthur Rackham is originally from London and was born above his father’s liquor store on Portobello Road. With a start in life like that, it’s almost inevitable that he would become a Master Blender and found a craft distillery in Tennessee.
Rackham didn’t start off his spirits career with whisky initially. Instead he worked for Camus Cognac, beginning in 1968. This was the launch of a 40 year career in international spirits, which includes experience in distilling, blending and sourcing. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and as such, has gathered a crack team of distillers to help out together Daddy Rack Tennessee Bourbon.
Traditional and Local
Daddy Rack Bourbon is made in small batches, using locally sourced ingredients. The grain (it has a mash bill of 80% corn, 10% rye and 10% malted barley) comes from farms no further than 50 miles from the distillery itself.
As well as locally sourced grains, Daddy Rack also uses traditional Bourbon making processes, including a 72 hour sour mash during which fermentation takes place. It is then double distilled and filtered through sugar maple charcoal.
Tasting notes for Daddy Rack Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottle cost: £37.45
The nose begins with lots of sweet notes. It is thick with caramel and honey, giving it a complex and sugary aroma. There is a lovely smoky flavour throughout, with hints of maple syrup.
The palate has more fruity flavours, like apple, pears and bananas. These go perfectly with the caramel and honeyed sweetness. Charcoal and smoke also appear and add a lovely depth. There is a hint of vanilla and nutmeg towards the end.
The finish is sweet and smoky.
Daddy Rack Tennessee Straight Bourbon is an excellent Bourbon. It is full of sweet, smoky flavours with a smooth mouthfeel. J. Arthur Rackham’s 40 years in the business has certainly paid off.
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