Gentry requires the utmost care and respect
After being distilled in Kentucky and Indiana to the national specifications for American Bourbon, we barrel it and bring it to Charleston, where it is ricked, aged, staved, and bottled. This process allows the bourbon to pick up a certain smoothness that can only be accomplished over an enormous amount of time.
In the Old South, gentry men or gentlemen, were high society aficionados of style, grace and hospitality. They had an appreciation for the finer things in life, and a love of competition and achievement, seen in their passion for horse racing.
That same spirit lives on today, through Gentry, a fine, small batch, hand-crafted bourbon. Gentry shares its name with a come-from-behind thoroughbred racehorse, whose blood line dated back to the world famous War Admiral.
This is THE authentic and original Southern Charm Bourbon, born and bred in a somewhat unexpected location–the Charleston Lowland.
Jazz and Bourbon
Another unexpected Charleston legacy, is its pivotal role in the creation of jazz, during and even before the genre evolved in New Orleans. In 1894, one of the country’s first private black orphanages formed the Jenkins Orphanage Band, for the betterment of children, The Charleston Trumpet Style, captured the attention of Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington, who came to Jenkins for talented trumpeters.
Jazz and Bourbon–two uniquely American creations–grew up together, from the Speakeasys of the 1920s to the innovative musicians of the mid-20th century.
In 1917, John Birks Gillespie was born, just north of Charleston. JG, or “Dizzy” Gillespie, along with Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker experimented and came up with the bebop sound and introduced Latin American rhythms to modern jazz.
The New American South
is a thriving land of growth and progress, where old meets new, rural meets urban, where jazz innovation still thrives, and where gentlemen, and gentlewomen can celebrate its rich history and traditions, with every smooth and sultry sip of Gentry.
The history of Bourbon dates back to the beginning of the territories here in the United States. In recent years, there have been a lot of rumors that many took for truths. For example, for a whiskey to be a bourbon the mash must be 51% corn. In the mash, you can use other grains to strengthen it, and create your own meticulous flavor. Gentry’s flavor profile involves corn, wheat, rye and other quality ingredients to create our bourbon. After it is distilled in the USA, in order for it to remain a bourbon, it must be aged in American Oak barrels. Unlike whiskies, bourbon may not have ingredients added anytime after distilling. It may only have contact with the wood to give it its character and smoothness. As to the barrels, they must be Charred American Oak, not French Oak barrels.
How Gentry Supports Spirited Musicians
By participating in the Jazz Distilled program, Gentry Bourbon provides promotional support to live jazz performances by musicians like Joe Gransden. Learn More: JazzDistilled.com
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