Monthly Archives: July 2023

Patience Makes Perfect: The History and Process of Aging Bourbon

It cannot be rushed. There are no corners to cut, no loopholes to exploit. The process of bourbon is long, exhausting, and challenging. Its requirement of unrelenting patience is a standard of the trade that is well known, yet not always respected. With other things in life, instant gratification can be awarded to the person […]

Fire Ants and Black Magic: The 1984 Gamecock Football Season

The end of the 1984 season marked a period in South Carolina history that Gamecock fans were especially proud to talk about. After Coach Joe Morrison’s first Carolina team went 5-6 in ‘83, the 1984 team took flame to the record books and finished the regular season 10-1. Back porches, outdoor garages, barber shops, the […]

Classic Bourbon Cocktail Recipes… With a Creative Twist

If there’s one thing that bugs me most about bourbon influencers (not just those who try to shame people Twitter or Instagram, but also the pretentious Jacks and Jills that frequent local liquor stores and gate-keep bourbon novices) is their belief that bourbon should only be enjoyed in a glass, served neat. Not only do […]

Julian Van Winkle, Peach Brandy, and Heirloom Rye: A Look at High Wire Distilling (Pt. Two)

There is something special about walking into a craft distillery that sets it apart from the larger ones across the globe. Especially ones within the border of the great state of South Carolina. As GC, Ryan Miles, and I walked into High Wire for our meeting (and to beat the heat), we were greeted with […]

The Importance of Connecting with Fellow Bourbon Community Members and How to Do it

I am convinced that there is not a better support system in any interest group than that of the Gamecock Bourbon community. If there is I will be flat-out shocked, and I even challenge you to show me such an example. When I started writing this I tried to find a community that rivals it. […]

Al Capone, Hell Hole Swamp, & South Carolina Corn Whiskey: A Look at High Wire Distilling (Pt. One)

Just off the Cooper River at the base of the Arthur Ravanel bridge in historic Charleston, SC, you will find a boutique distillery offering one of the most unique whiskies in the world. High Wire Distillery, with the partnership of local farmers and celebrity chefs, have found a way to combine their love and passion […]

Building a Bourbon Collection on a Budget: What you MUST HAVE without breaking the bank

At the Gamecock Bourbon Society, we have as many bourbon novices as we do die-hard collectors. The inclusivity of our community and willingness to educate, share, and help new collectors sets us apart in a world that can be intimidating for those on the outside looking in. We believe that bourbon is much more than […]

“Could not be Happier to be a Gamecock”: Our Interview with PGA Tour Professional Matt NeSmith

If you are a fan of golf, Matt NeSmith is a name you likely already know. NeSmith, a North Augusta native and Gamecock alum, is a Professional golfer on the PGA Tour who still bleeds Garnet & Black. nn During his time playing for the University of South Carolina, NeSmith left quite the mark, earning […]

5 Tips for Securing Allocated Bottles

n I started my whiskey journey interested in the history of bourbon. At the time, I cared more for the historical value of bourbon than the way it tasted. To me, there was something special about knowing that bourbon was America’s only native spirit that compelled me to learn as much as could about its […]