The famed golfer Bobby Jones won all of his big tournaments during Prohibition, including the only Grand Slam title anyone has ever won, so it’s safe to assume he had an illegal, celebratory tipple or two off of the course (and maybe on it, too). He may have had to be discreet back then, but today he has his name on an entire new line of whiskeys. Well, sort of. The Clover Whiskey, named for the clover medallion Bobby wore at every tournament for good luck, recently hit shelves with a portion of the proceeds from each bottle going to support the philanthropic efforts of the Bobby Jones Foundations. The lineup consists of three single barrel offerings: a rye, a bourbon, and a Tennessee whiskey, all from unspecified sources. While the bourbon and rye are a modest four years old, the Tennessee whiskey, at 10 years old, is clearly meant to be the top of the line. Let’s tee her up and see how she flies!
This is one of the best noses on a Tennessee whiskey that I’ve encountered in a while. It’s weighty and buttery with a thick brown sugar sweetness that elevates the classic maple and nutty trademarks of the style. Notes of peanut brittle, molasses cookies, and caramel corn eventually give way to candied red apple, which only grows bigger and brighter as things open in the glass. The palate isn’t quite as rich or complex, but it holds its own with a bright, caramel apple sweetness that is light on the tongue but still mouth-coating. Cracker Jacks and pine sap give way to more baking spice on the mid-palate followed by a lengthy finish of buttery toffee and honey roasted peanuts. I don’t know what Bobby was drinking in his day, but I think he’d approve of this one.
A- / $70 / thecloverwhiskey.com