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.
The initial 2017 release of Jimmy Red will occur at 11am on Saturday, November 25th, 2017 at which time we'll offer for sale a limited number of our beautiful ceramic bottles produced by our friends at Le Creuset and priced at $99.99. The November release is comprised of three 53 gallon barrels of Jimmy Red Straight Bourbon Whiskey at 102 proof. On December 9th, we'll release another 3 barrels of Jimmy Red in glass bottles under our New Southern Revival Brand label. For more information on purchasing these special releases, please view our most recent newsletter here. Additional details for online reservations will be sent Saturday morning. Please sign up here for our newsletter to receive the most current updates.