Jimmy Red Revival Project
Rescued from near extinction by Ted Chewning, Jimmy Red corn was already making waves in the culinary world when we opened our doors in 2013. Named for James Island just over the bridge from Charleston and heralded by Chef Sean Brock, Jimmy Red was a legendary moonshiner's corn that had dwindled down to a mere 2 cobs following the death of the last man known to grow it. His family gave the seeds to Ted who began the arduous process of bringing it back to life. Through the efforts of folks like Ted, Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills, Greg Johnsman of Geechie Boy Mill, and Sean Brock, Jimmy Red corn seed reserves were slowly being rebuilt. In 2015, thanks to the diligence of Dr. David Shields of University of South Carolina, Jimmy Red corn was accepted as a new addition to the Slow Food Ark of Taste, an international catalog of endangered heritage foods.
In early 2014, just a few months after we opened, Glenn Roberts entrusted us with enough Jimmy Red corn seed to grow 2.5 acres. We grew it in partnership with Dr. Brian Ward at Clemson University and harvested enough corn to distill 2 batches of the most unique bourbon we have ever tasted. With each passing year, our planted acreage of Jimmy Red has grown exponentially with an expected harvest of 250,000 pounds in 2017.
Jimmy Red corn is the most remarkable corn we've ever worked with. Nutty, sweet, and mineralic with an extremely high oil content, the fermented mash produces a 3" thick oil cap. We distill on the grain, so all of that oil is blended back into the mash and provides an unusually creamy mouthfeel in the distillate. The Jimmy Red whiskey is aged for a minimum of 2 years, creating a straight bourbon unlike any other we've ever experienced.
Our first release in December 2016 sold out in 11 minutes at the distillery. The next release is slated for late November 2017, and we will once again release a limited number of bottles in our beautiful ceramic casks produced by our friends at Le Creuset. The remainder of the batch will be sold under our New Southern Revival Brand label. For more information about our special releases, please sign up for our newsletter on our contact page.