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The legacy of Bobby Jones continues with a whiskey collaboration between the Jones estate and Piedmont Distillers. The Clover Single Barrel Series is named for Jones’ good luck charm. Born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1902, Bobby’s mother gave him a gold four-leaf clover medallion. In Irish tradition, each leaf of a clover embodies a specific meaning: hope, faith, love, and luck.
Wearing this charm, Bobby won the original Grand Slam of golf in 1930. This included the British Open, the U.S. Open, and both British and U.S. Championships. Bobby would enjoy three fingers of the finest local whiskey after every tournament. From 1923 to 1930, Bobby won 13 championships. His record remained undefeated until 1973 when Jack Nicklaus won his 14th major at the PGA Championship.
After his Grand Slam win, Bobby Jones retired from competitive golf. Wanting privacy as he played recreationally, Bobby dreamt up his ideal golf course. With the help of Alister MacKenzie, the duo created a sanctuary paying homage to the Old Course at Saint Andrews. The course, of course, is Augusta National—home of the Masters—in Georgia. While Bobby did play in several Masters tournaments, he would never achieve the same great wins as he did in 1930.
Unfortunately, in 1948, Bobby Jones showed symptoms of syringomyelia. He acquired the disease in a freak accident when he was struck by lightning in 1929. The disease causes fluid cysts to form within the spinal cord. After Bobby’s death in 1971, his family partnered with the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation. Portions of the proceeds from the sales of The Clover Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey go to the Bobby Jones Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation. You can find The Clover at select golf courses around the country.
Tasting Notes: The Clover Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey
Vital Stats: 45.5% ABV, 91 proof. Sourced straight rye whiskey from Indiana. Aged for a minimum of four years. 750ml $50.
Appearance: Chestnut with glints of mahogany.
Nose: Pungent and bright black cherry greets the nostrils right off the bat. Dill and spearmint offer a refreshing herbaceous quality to the dram. The orange peel comes through the middle. Some oak and leather round out the end.
Palate: The whiskey is a bit tannic and harsh with a touch of acetone. Once further into it, the cherry and orange peel mingle with honey. However, it is not as fruity on the palate as it is on the nose. The whiskey is spicy with black peppercorns than baking spices. The finish is filled with tobacco and leather. Overall, the dram reminds me of marbled rye bread.
The Clover Single Barrel Rye Whiskey is a decent whiskey and definitely suitable on the golf course. It would pair well with a pastrami sandwich. I was surprised by the dill on the nose in a good way. I only docked a half-point for the tannic nature of the whiskey on the palate, as well as the acetone.
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