Do Not Adjust Your GPS.Southern Gentleman Kentucky Whisky
Nose: Backing spices, cherry cola, sweet oatmeal, hay, subdued oak, hint of pepperiness.
Taste: Dark chocolate, cherry cola minus the fizz, a dash of black pepper, baking spices and black licorice.
A few distilled words
As I’m always on the search for new whiskies to try (hence me joining Whisky Quarterly Ontario), I was pleasantly surprised last week when the kids dropped off a bottle of Copperhead’s Southern Gentleman Kentucky Whisky. So, I knocked quietly on my brain pan to see what it had to say. In a James Earl Jones voice with a slight echo, it replied to me: “Hmm, probably a blended American whiskey.” Confident it passed on the correct information; my brain went back to its business. Not one to get into an argument with my gray matter, I grabbed the whisky and saw this: Copperhead Distillery and Spirits, 68 Tower Road, Sundridge, Ontario.
Yup. My bulging eyes pressed against my glasses weren’t deceiving me, it clearly read, and still does, Sundridge, Ontario. The very Ontario sandwiched between Quebec and Manitoba. The whisky, sans “e” by the way, states that this style of Kentucky dates back the settlers of the 1700s. Adding to that story is the stated use of traditional methods, local ingredients from Northern Ontario and the whisky comes in a mason jar.
Southern Gentleman Kentucky Whisky arrives on the nose with a 40% abv push. Right off the hop, the sweetness makes itself at home in your nose. Not cloyingly so or extra pushy, more in an affirming way. The spices one could expect in bourbons are here but they’re just bit players. The baking spice and fizz-free cherry cola are the topic of the day. For the tasting, dark chocolate comes in under the cherry cola and black licorice. Sweet, again is the key word here; however, not cotton candy sweet. There’s some dark richness to it. The finish leaves politely enough and somewhat quickly too. If you tell this whisky; “Oh, look at the time.”, it takes a hint and the finish doesn’t linger.
Like you, I have go-to whiskies, special occasion whiskies, show-off whiskies (OK, maybe not that many.), in-the-mood-for-something different whiskies and a few other categories. Inner thought intrusion: In my record album days, I use to categorize all my albums, file them alphabetically and by year of release. With my whiskies, I just place them on the shelf. That’s good enough. Anyway, before I veer to far off course, all that too say I may have a new category for my whisky collection with Copperhead’s Southern Gentlemen Kentucky Whisky. I’m not quite sure what the category is called yet, but I suspect after trying it a couple of more times, it’ll steer me in the right direction. Cheers