Six and Twenty
Corn, Wheat, Barley, Rye, and Rice
History – “Six & Twenty Distillery, located just outside of Greenville, South Carolina, is a veteran-owned business founded in 2011 by David Raad and Farmer Redmond. The pair met at Clemson University where they played rugby together. Before starting Six & Twenty Distillery with David Raad, Mr. Redmond’s primary claim to fame was that he is a descendent of infamous South Carolina Moonshiner, Major Lewis Redmond. Mr. Raad recognized a need for homegrown, high quality spirits in South Carolina, so he teamed up with his former teammate to try and provide exactly that to the Greenville area.
Six & Twenty Distillery gets its name from the 1700’s legend of a Choctaw Indian maiden named Issaqueena, who fell for Englishman Alan Francis. Eventually, Issaqueena was captured by the Cherokee and overheard a plan by the tribe to overtake Francis’ trading post. Legend has it that, in an effort to warn Francis, Issaqueena made a daring escape on horseback. Along her ride, she would name landmarks to help identify them. One of those landmarks was the Six & Twenty Creek, located near the present day distillery, and was named because it was located about twenty six miles from the Cherokee village.” (Source: Greenville Online)
“In 2020, David Raad would attend the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) Accelerate Program. This program assists veterans in identifying areas within their business that need tweaking, in an effort to achieve a more sustainable growth. As a result of his involvement in this program, Mr. Raad was invited to Dallas, Texas to participate in the Institute of Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) Veteran EDGE Conference. At the end of the conference, after competing in the Accelerate Challenge, Raad was awarded the Disabled American Veterans’ Arthur H. and Mary E. Wilson Top Venture Impacting Veterans Award and its accompanying $10,000 prize.” (Source: Upstate Business Journal.com)
Value – Overpriced but definitely a unique bottle that is original with its ingredients.
Appearance – Light amber in color and a very nice looking medicine style bottle. It reminds you of an older time.
Nose – Grassy, orange, rye and subtle. This nose really helps you ease into the bourbon. Not overwhelming by any means.
Palate – Tobacco, pepper, pear a little watery but smooth at the sametime. Something is very interesting about this bourbon and the key indicator is that it has 5 grains in its mashbill. Somewhat complex that doesn’t show its youth.
Finish – Its finish is very light and balanced with almost little to no lingering burn that you would normally get from a bourbon.
Summary – I think that this bourbon is good but not great. If you are looking for deep complexity then you may want to look elsewhere. The nose and palate lead you to thinking that there is more to be had but when you come to the finish you feel let down a little. If you are looking for a bourbon that is unique I will give it that.
“As a bourbon founded by another veteran I respect the authenticity and originality and would categorize this as a bourbon that you should have on your shelf!”
– Andrew Workman
Uniqueness – 1-10 – 10
Nose- 1-20 – 14
Palate- 1-20 – 14
Finish- 1-20 – 2
Value- 1-20 – 8
Appearance- 1-10 – 10
Andrew Workman on 10/4/2022
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I actually liked this bourbon a lot. Probably because it tastes different than all my other bourbons unique combination of flavors. I will probably buy it again some time. Having read/heard other reviews and I realize that I am in the minority. Most reviews are like this one – good but not worth 40-something bucks (I paid $42).