In the last six months, the LCBO had brought some amazing bourbons in, and kept many of them in regular stock. I've spent a lot of time drinking these new-to-Ontario whiskeys, which include a lot of my old favorites, like Four Roses (anyone who has actually hung out with me has probably seen me dressed essentially as a walking Four Roses billboard with my FR spring jacket). That's no excuse for not continuing the blog, but there's no reason to cry over drunk whiskey -- let's get back on track!
First I'll be covering the "big 7" bourbons that have been always available in Ontario since I moved here: four (yes, four) whiskeys owned by Jim Beam, one owned by Brown-Forman, and one by spirits giant Diageo. In doing so, I hope to both let folks know my opinions of the individual whiskeys that you can find at most any bar and to illuminate some of the shape of the bourbon industry.
Those whiskeys are:
Distilled at Jim Beam:
Jim Beam White
Jim Beam Black
Distilled at Maker's Mark (owned by Beam):
Distilled by Wild Turkey:
Wild Turkey 80 Proof
Owned by Brown-Forman (and made of whiskey distilled at 2 locations):
Owned by Diageo:
So, tune in tomorrow when I discuss the two bourbons most folks start on: Jim Beam White & Black!