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John B. Stetson Kentucky straight bourbon
A story about the Mad Hatter and the Wild West … Cowboys, Indians and herds of buffalo … Lots of ellipsis in this article, lots of plot. And somewhere in the distance echoed several shots by Colt or is it the sound of an old car muffler, which brings me back to reality. 🙂 Hello, friends! Forgive my opening words, but they weren’t random. In this article I’ll present you a special whiskey /actually, there is nothing special in its composition/ – John B. Stetson Bourbon, with which I had a duel, a few days ago. But why did I intervene the Mad Hatter? The answer is in the next shells.
Bourbon is named after John Batterson Stetson, lived in the 19th century in the United States, who was one of the largest manufacturers of cowboy hats /known as „Stetson“. John learned the craft from his father, with whom he worked in New Jersey. However, the bad doctor diagnosed him with tuberculosis and Stetson Jr. decided to take a trip of a lifetime, heading west. He moved to Philadelphia and began manufacturing cowboy hats for the herdsmen/ the local shepherds and anyone else who wanted to gain practical leather hats /the hats so far have been more impractical and the new Stetson goods quickly gained popularity/. They were even worn by some American presidents and wealthy people of the then elite. And so the Stetson company stood alongside the global fashion brands of that time. Stetson himself wasn’t of the worst employers. On the contrary, he strived to ensure goodies for his employees, so that to make them happy and his business to prosper. And so it has become more and more successful, and in the early 20th century the company employs about 5,000-6,000 workers, who have been producing millions of hats per year. Stetson himself donated much of his fortune and there is a university in Florida named after him. After the death of Stetson, the company continued to exist and develop, as it passed through the interesting time periods of the early years of the 20th century and World War II, and so to the present days. I checked what the company offers today – basically hats that don’t look bad at all and aren’t very cheap. But let’s get back to bourbon. Interestingly, the company doesn’t distill it. They buy the finished distillate /unclear exactly where it is produced/ and offer it under their name, emphasizing its traditional American character. In their website, there is nothing concrete under the name of the product, but only their patriotic speeches mingled with marketing. The idea of their alcohol line was to be offered in Europe too, mainly in Germany, but it can already be found and here /not in big retail chains, of course, since it has no official importer/. I got my sample from whiskey bar „Masterpiece“.
Here come my notes about the drink:
Aroma – spicy, but very sweet. Fruity liqueurness, buttery, cinnamon, specific scent, like in most bourbons with more wheat in the mixture, caramel, weak cherries, woodiness, acetone, candies with fruit cream. Taste – sweet-spicy, liqueurness again and woody notes. Finish – fruits soaked in butter /cherries and weak peaches/, strong sweetness /quite strong indeed/, woody note again, slight pepperness, ginger. Generally, the profile of the whiskey is covered by sweetness and butter.
In summary: easy to drink, but too sweet and basic. There is a lack of development into the glass or something more intriguing, like with the more qualitative bourbons.