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Along with its regular stream of Fusion and Discovery Series choices, Bardstown Bourbon Co. has a sturdy portfolio of completed whiskeys. We’ve lined a number of of their spectacular wine-finished installments performed in collaboration with Phifer Pavvitt and The Prisoner Wine Company, however the ending routine additionally extends to cognac, sherry, and even beer. Just lately, the distillery partnered with Founders Brewing to complete a few of their sourced shares within the Michigan brewery’s iconic barrel-aged Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Curiously, the distillery chosen a ten-year-old Tennessee whiskey, as an alternative of the plain Kentucky bourbon, to complete for 15 months in these ex-bourbon-aged stout casks. Let’s test it out.
The nostril is much less stout cask but in addition one way or the other much less Tennessee whiskey than I’d have suspected, particularly at such a wholesome proof. That is delicate stuff with the malt drowning out a number of the nuttiness within the whiskey whereas accentuating, however probably not amplifying, the cocoa notes. A little bit of orange oil and cherry juice emerge with extra time within the glass, however general, issues stay relatively subdued. The palate punches with significantly extra complexity, delivering an preliminary burst of milk chocolate-covered caramel and toasty darkish malts that rapidly turns unusually, nearly excessively, fruity. Recent squeezed orange juice, pulpy and tart, together with some darkish Bing cherries supply a pointy distinction to the stout cask’s roasted espresso and darkish chocolate basis. There’s an exquisite heat and delicate spice right here, however issues by no means fairly discover concord regardless of a beneficiant, syrupy end that showcases chocolate biscuits, barely bitter orange slices, scorching cocoa, and RedHots. The Tennessee whiskey chosen for this launch will need to have been an actual fruit bomb. Regardless of the surplus of fruit, it’s a stable bourbon that earns factors for uniqueness. Positively not an on a regular basis sipper, however it’s certain to stump your pals on the subsequent blind tasting.
B+ / $160 / bardstownbourbon.com
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