Johnny Drum got its name from a young boy named Johnny. In 1861 the Civil War had begun and many young men as young as eight years old were attempting to sign up for the noble cause, but if you were under the age of 18 you couldn’t join the army, unless you wanted to be a drummer boy or a bugler. Johnny was so eager to join the army and found regiment that took him in and allowed him to serve as a drummer boy. Legend has it that upon completion of his duty and the Civil War ended, he returned to his home state of Kentucky and started his new life as a farmer. He had been granted “corn writs” in the Kentucky territory and used his smarts to find a way to convert his excess corn into something profitable. Before long Johnny was earned himself a reputation for making the finest sippin’ whiskey in all of the Kentucky territory. Johnny Drum Private Stock is still enjoyed today as a fine sippin’ whiskey.
Johnny Drum is brand from Willet, which gives Johnny Drum all the more credibility with all of the hype that surrounds Willet. Johnny Drum comes in three different labels, the 80 proof Green Label, the 86 proof Black Label, and 101 proof Private Stock, which is what we’re reviewing here.
Distiller: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers
Vanilla, oak, sweet oats, caramel- almost like a cooked brown sugar, green apple, a little earthy, cinnamon, and some tobacco.
Caramel and vanilla upfront, cooked brown sugar, musty oak, quite a bit of a malty characteristic with some nutty flavors, and little citrus.
The finish is medium in length, a little pepper spice that quickly turns to sweet caramel, followed by oak and vanilla.
Johnny Drum Private Stock is an extremely great value at the $30-$35 price point. Especially since it used to have an age statement of 15 years, but even though they took the age statement off of the label, you can tell Johnny Drum has spent some quality time inside those oak barrels. If you see a bottle on the shelf I highly recommend picking one up. There is a lot of hype surrounding the Willet brands, but Johnny Drum is a little under the radar and a lot easier to acquire than some of the other brands that Willet puts out. Johnny Drum is a great pour at a very affordable price point and is easily rated higher than a lot of other whiskey you can find for double the price.