Whiskey or “liquid sunshine” as George Bernard Shaw called it is one of the dark spirits that is made from fermented grain mash. With such a wide range of whiskeys, you wouldn’t be alone in getting confused. There are three main types; Bourbon, Scotch, and Rye. Redneck Riviera Whiskey is a bourbon, which basically means it comes from America.
What Qualifies as a Bourbon Whiskey?
In order to brand a whiskey as a Bourbon, it must be made from corn, or at least 51% corn. The ageing process has to be in a new oak barrel and the whiskey must be produced in America. Finally, it needs to be at least 80%.
Where Did the Idea of Redneck Riviera Whiskey Come From?
John Rich is a famous musician and half of the band Big & Rich. As they were on tour one day, John Rich was sipping his Canadian Blended Whiskey and began to consider the American blended options. After some research, he discovered that there was no such thing and set to work exploring flavors.
How Did the Unique Flavor of Redneck Riviera Develop?
Rich combined whiskeys from Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, and North Carolina. Each whiskey that was added to the blend was a different type including malt, rye, and bourbon. It took 8 months to get the exact flavor that Rich was looking for yet still keeping it at over 80% proof. During the 8 months, there were more than 200 variations before Redneck Riviera Whiskey was born.
What is the Mash Bill of Redneck Riviera?
The mash bill of a whiskey is the combination of grains used in the cooking and fermentation process. While a brand will never publish its secret to the success of the flavor, we can confirm that Redneck Riviera contains corm rye and malted barley.
What Can You Expect from A Sip of Redneck Riviera?
Anyone who has experimented with whiskey can remember that sharp shocking burn as it flows down your throat. Rich wanted the complete opposite. He wanted a smooth blended whiskey that didn’t have any kind of bite to it. Redneck Riviera is a whiskey that you can sip, down, or mix.
The experience of Redneck Riviera Whiskey will leave you with a hint of vanilla and sweetness of butterscotch, soon after you notice an essence of honey followed up the earthy grains. Naturally, you will also detect the flavor of oak from the barrels.
Why Choose Redneck Riviera Whiskey Over Your Preferred Brand?
When John Rich was working through the development process, her was very clear that his whiskey had to be more than a drink. Redneck Riviera isn’t a physical space (although this was a challenge to prove in the trademark process). When drinking Redneck Riviera, it’s about the experience. It’s that reward at the end of a hard time, it’s the time you spend with your family. In Rich’s words “it’s a state of mind, it’s a lifestyle, an attitude”.
Rich also kept in mind that he wanted a top-quality American blended whiskey that the everyday American could actually afford. A bottle of Redneck Riviera costs $24.99 rather than $50-$60. There is no point in having a decent bottle of whiskey if you are more concerned over the price than the enjoyment of drinking it. Through the organization, Redneck Riviera has paid for 37 college grants.
What is Folds of Honor?
Another great reason to buy Redneck Riviera is that 10% of all of the profits goes to Folds of Honor, a charity that offers educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members that are disabled or fallen in.
How Should You Drink Redneck Riviera Whiskey?
It’s a very versatile whiskey that has the right balance of flavors to enjoy the way you would any other whiskey. You can drink it neat, on the rocks, with your favorite mixer, or even create your own cocktails. We have two cocktail recipes that may inspire your creativity:
Redneck Iced Berries
- 2 oz Redneck Riviera Whiskey
- 1 handful of mixed berries
- Iced Tea
- 2 or 3 fresh mint leaves
Redneck Riviera with a Ginger Twist
- 2oz Redneck Riviera Whiskey
- 4 oz ginger beer
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
- A slice of lime
Add the ingredients together along with cubed or crushed ice. Feel free to play around with the quantities to get the right taste for you.
Redneck Riviera is a state of mind that is personal to each individual and that should be accompanied by a fine American blended whiskey. This pleasure shouldn’t depend on your income, gender, or age and at an affordable price, anyone can enjoy the sweet oaky flavors of Redneck Riviera.
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