Their New Southern Revival Brand Straight Bourbon is made with 100 percent Jimmy Red Corn, a rare varietal that had dwindled significantly, but was revived around 2014. High Wire worked with Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center on the corn, and the two were instrumental in this resurgence of this corn breed that had once been used by coastal moonshiners. The first edition of this whiskey—all 750 bottles—sold out within 10 minutes back.
Appearance: More robust and shiny than the rye; Grade A maple syrup…with the sun shining through the bottle
Nose: Although the color is brighter than the rye, its nose is more subdued: clover honey. Banana bread. Slightly spearmint. Also, there’s a mellow floral vibe to it, in that it’s not a specific flower per se, but more like a faded floral perfume.
Palate: A bright color plus a faded nose equal…I’m not sure? It’s not your typical bourbon, even for an all-corn bourbon. It’s floral on the palate, but also savory. The mouthfeel is much thinner and sharper than the rye. My companion invoked the “burn-ey.” Definitely not as smooth. I thought the corn would make it pleasantly sweet, but it doesn’t. It’s bordering on harsh. It tastes kind of experimental, and I guess it is.