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Review: King of Kentucky Straight Bourbon 15 Years Old (2022)

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King of Kentucky returns simply in time for the start of Large Bourbon Season (aka “autumn”) and like its 2019 sibling, arrives aged 15 years. The mashbill stays the identical (79% corn, 11% rye and 10% malted barley), however the excellent news is that they’ve elevated the output from 2700 bottles in 2021 to 3500 this yr.

Coming in completely scorching from the bottle to glass with no dilution, there’s fairly a little bit of alcohol to burn off on the nostril earlier than issues get fascinating. With a little bit of relaxation, an enormous burst of molasses and turbinado sugar offers solution to dried orange peel and honey. Just a few drops of water reveal cherry lurking beneath. With out water, the palate presents a lot of what’s marketed on the nostril with these notes of molasses and turbinado sugar main the cost towards hazelnut and almond in direction of the end. As soon as once more water brings out the complexity of this massive and burly bottle, with extra spice, caramel, and praline coming to the forefront, with the baking spice parts getting aid.

There are numerous splendid choices within the Brown-Forman catalog, however that is certainly one of its constant pinnacles. Followers of earlier years is not going to discover any fault on this version, and other people on the hunt will undoubtedly benefit from the spoils of victory. Curiosity seekers venturing into higher-proof territories for the primary time can be properly served with a couple of drops (not many) to chop issues down and provides the complete expertise a way more tempered method. Effectively-seasoned vacationers might use water at their discretion.

As with all Kings of Kentucky to this point, this may have restricted availability with an extremely scarce allocation. A variant on this yr’s King of Kentucky can even arrive as an 18-year-old providing unique to Kentucky in an version of 250 bottles and a prompt price ticket of $350. No phrase on the way it fares by means of comparability.

130.6 proof as reviewed. Barrel quantity 14 was submitted for evaluate consideration.

A / $250 / brown-forman.com

King of Kentucky Straight Bourbon 15 Years Outdated (2022)

$250

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9.5/10

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