It had been sitting in the back of my cabinet for almost three years. I purchased the bottle of “Old Hickory Great American Whiskey” at a basement liquor store in downtown Nashville while shopping for a bottle of “Duke” – the Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey featuring John Wayne on the label.
As a fan of the Duke myself, I was intrigued and decided to buy myself a bottle as well. During the search, I spotted Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, staring at me from the label of a bottle of Old Hickory. I wasn’t familiar with the brand, but as a history buff, couldn’t resist grabbing a bottle for myself.
I was saving it in the back of the cabinet as a novelty, due to my appreciation for Jackson’s mug on the bottle. But on this particular night, I found myself with my cabinet empty of my traditional favorite bourbons – Woodford Reserve, Makers’ Mark and Michter’s – and decided to pull the cork.
Old Hickory, which is owned by the R.S. Lipman Company, is promoted as 100% American Grain and is an 80 proof blended bourbon whiskey typically priced in the $30 range.
Upon the first pour, it has an almost butterscotch like aroma. It has a smooth, less refined taste that I would describe as closer to Michter’s than my preferred Woodford or Maker’s.
I consider it a great mixing whiskey, such as with a Coke or 7up (I always prefer 7 to Sprite), but certainly doesn’t break into my staples for drinking bourbon straight.
It’s not currently available in Mississippi, but if you have opportunity to travel to Tennessee, it’s worth picking up a bottle, if not for mixing, then at least adding a great face of history to your liquor cabinet.