The autumn launch of Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s Fusion and Discovery Series bourbons has hit the cabinets, folks. Although the corporate supplies its personal completely ample tasting notes proper there on its web site, I’ve received my very own ideas on these two. Learn on for my unbiased ramblings.
Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Collection #4 – For the fifth Fusion Collection launch, BBCo. has continued to extend the portion of the mix made in-house beneath the watchful eye of Grasp Distiller Steve Nally. It’s a mixture of 56% BBCo. bourbon aged 4 years with a mashbill of 70% corn, 18% rye, and 12% malted barley; 14% BBCo. four-grain bourbon aged 3 years with a mashbill of 60% corn, 26% rye, 10% wheat, and 4% malted barley; and 30% sourced Kentucky bourbon aged 11 years with a mashbill of 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley. As the colour suggests, there’s appreciable youth right here. The aroma is at first cereal-forward, however as issues open up, these grains turn into a bit of extra caramelized and bready, offering a greater basis for lighter, candied notes of lemon zest, cinnamon sugar, and banana Runts. The palate is gentle with a big warmth, sharp oak tannins, and an odd savory high quality akin to cooking broth. Steadiness is difficult to search out right here, even with the addition of some sweeter notes: banana pudding, cinnamon, and a little bit of orange peel. The end is brief and undercooked with mushy vanilla notes and a few sweet corn. Nonetheless a piece in progress. 95 proof. B / $60 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Collection #4 – The most recent Discovery mix options a few of the oldest inventory to this point, however it’s additionally constructed with some comparatively youthful bourbons, like a few of the earliest releases. Particularly, it’s a mixture of 75% Kentucky bourbon (aged 6, 7, and 13 years) and 25% Tennessee bourbon aged a really wholesome 17 years. The nostril is brooding with darkish spices, aged wooden, and a nutty, virtually sherried, sweetness. This one wants a bit of air to come back into its personal, however as soon as it does, the palate showcases a well-balanced mix of roasted marshmallow, brandied cherry, and baking chocolate, all warmed with cracked pink pepper (which tends to dominate in a more energizing pour). The mid-palate provides some new leather-based and toasted sugar to the combination earlier than the beneficiant, gently warming end arrives with its fading notes of muddled orange and seasoned oak. 104 proof. A- / $130 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]