I never understood the line in American Pie when Don McLean sang, “And the good ole boys will be drinking whiskey and rye”.
After all, as a kid I had no idea there was such a thing as rye whiskey and when I grew up and started drinking/guzzling the stuff, I didn’t understand why people would drink whiskey AND rye when rye is a form of whiskey.
According to Rock Genius, however, the lyrics are commonly misunderstood and McLean’s song actually refers to people drinking in a town called Rye.
So there you go.
That’ll change your next karaoke night.
By this stage you might be thinking this post is a shameless plug for Forgiven – and you’d be right. I called them up, begged them for a bottle, and am now peddling this story because I’m too cheap to fork out the cash in a store. That’s the kind of guy I am.
In my defence, however, I get sent other bottles from companies and never write about them because – well, because I’m a bastard and don’t like feeling like a prostitute. But I do like Forgiven enough to throw my sweet honky ass on the street and say it’s not a bad drop. Not bad at all.
Wild Turkey claims the drink was a lucky accident and that someone in the distillery mistakenly blended six-year-old bourbon with four-year-old rye. Some say the story reeks of a marketing gimmick while others say it’s true – either way, I’m enjoying my Forgiven. The mix of rye to bourbon in Forgiven is 22 / 78 – and while the spicy rye taste really comes through, the bourbon adds sweetness and softens the kick (although at 45.5 % alcohol this is still strong enough to slap you around).
If you want it then it has an RRP of $90 but is only available in limited quantities – to find out more, check out the Wild Turkey Facebook page.
Ok, I think I’ve peddled myself enough for one day.
I know. He’s a sexy bastard.