Author: alexmcdaniel

An Ole Miss alum is about to release Mississippi’s first (legally) distilled bourbon

BY ALEX MCDANIEL Ole Miss alum David Rich launched Rich Grain Distilling Co. in Canton with a plan to eventually unveil the brand’s flagship spirit—the first bourbon ever produced in Mississippi, which debuts in November. We asked him a few questions about his favorite spirit and he delivered.   Q: What made you want to open a distillery? A: I knew I was opening a distillery before I knew what the name was going to be. I had a yellow legal pad with a whole page of name ideas and word associations I was playing with. I was messing...

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We asked John T. Edge to name his favorite bourbons and he said no, so here are his favorite rums

BY ALEX MCDANIEL When I asked Southern food expert John T. Edge if he’d be willing to offer up his top bourbon picks for our September issue, he wasn’t feeling it. “I love bourbon. I’m even in a bourbon club here in Oxford,” Edge told me. “But I love rum more and I believe it’s as Southern a spirit as bourbon. “May I suggest 5 rums as a counterpoint?” I wasn’t dumb enough to turn him down. When John T. speaks, you listen.   Brugal Añejo ($20-$30) “Dry and raspy, clean and refreshing aged rum. Great for sipping in...

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Why bourbon is probably the love of my life

BY ALEX MCDANIEL I met bourbon expert Jennifer Cole—a native Mississippian and former deputy editor of Southern Living—at a Southern food-writing conference years ago. She gave a talk on bourbon and treated everyone in the room to a generous pour of Weller 12-year—better known to bourbon lovers as “Baby Pappy”—an inexpensive, deceptively delicious wheated bourbon that’s also extremely hard to find. I was 25 at the time, only a few years into my newfound love of whiskey, and too broke to have discerning taste. Sitting next to me was a woman who had just graduated from the University of...

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Red Cup Rebellion writers share everything they love about bourbon

BY ALEX MCDANIEL I asked a few of the quick-witted writers from Red Cup Rebellion—SB Nation’s popular Ole Miss sports blog—to wax poetic on their love for the Grove’s most ubiquitous spirit. Zach Berry, Jim Lohmar and Bob Lynch have plenty to share.    Do you remember your first taste of bourbon (or any whiskey)? Zach: September 3, 2006—season opener against Memphis—was when I really drank whiskey for the first time. Not sure if it was the lack of breakfast or the atrocious game management by DA COACH O. Either way, that’s when my relationship with whiskey officially started....

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