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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Series #8 and #9

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Bardstown Bourbon Co. historically releases new editions of its Fusion and Discovery Series collectively. This summer season, issues have been switched up a bit. As a substitute of one among every, we’re getting two Discovery Sequence bottlings — editions #8 and #9. These blends are fairly totally different, together with a stave-finished providing and a whiskey whose largest part hails from Georgia (the state). We sampled each at size. Ideas comply with.

Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Sequence #8 Blended WhiskeyDiscovery #7 integrated Canadian whiskey for the primary time in its mix, and that continues right here with a whiskey that has important a similarity to that launch. Discovery #8 is a mix of “Kentucky Bourbons (66%), two Indiana ryes (23%), and aged Canadian whiskey (11%), incorporating a customized collection of 5 oak staves that had been created particularly to boost the distinctive taste of this authentic mix.” The usage of ending staves appears to be the most important shift right here, making for a really wacky composition — however as is commonly the case with BBCo., it’s all form of magical within the glass. Chocolaty however with a distinctly woody edge, the whiskey’s nostril promptly engages with notes of vanilla, spice, and contemporary cherries. The palate retreats a bit. There’s a corny high quality up entrance, plus a barely wine-laden be aware, then a flood of brown butter, bordering on butterscotch with a barely syrupy sweetness. Because the whiskey develops, notes of tobacco come into focus, plus a stronger cinnamon aspect, veering into applesauce. Plenty of purple fruit emerges because the end builds, a contact of lumberyard including some gravity, however not an excessive amount of. Clear, cocoa powder on the end. Arduous to place down, echoing the spectacular Discovery Sequence #7. 114.1 proof. A / $140

Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Sequence #9 Blended Whiskey – Right here Bardstown gives up a mix that’s dominated by whiskey made in Georgia (35%), with Kentucky bourbon (31%), 17 yr previous Tennessee whiskey (19%), and Canadian whiskey (15%) making up the remainder. If the Georgia-born whiskey sounds acquainted, you could be enthusiastic about American Highway Route 2, which carried out an identical trick — probably with the identical inventory. Toastier and woodier than Discovery #8, this mix has a bit extra gravity and a significantly totally different — albeit nonetheless participating — character. Malty and a bit bready on the nostril, the whiskey strikes over time from a pastoral aroma to 1 that’s considerably austere and a bit leathery. A lot of that follows over to the palate, the place the malty components quickly give strategy to a pointy citrus character, orange and lemon peel, then tobacco and extra spice notes. This feels surprisingly hotter than #8, regardless of being decrease in proof. Crimson pepper provides the end some lingering burn, with cloves, ginger, and sesame oil approaching sturdy. Total, it’s a daring and considerably burly whiskey that provides loads to like — if you happen to can take the warmth.

112.5 proof. A- / $140

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Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Sequence #7 Blended Whiskey

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