Yellowstone places out a Limited Edition bottling of its whiskey yearly, however for 2022 we’re checking this out alongside one other particular launch, a particular model of its Yellowstone Household Recipe 6 Years Outdated, bottled to honor the namesake nationwide park and its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary. The previous is new, however the latter got here out approach again in January, so we’re late to the sport on this one, I’m unhappy to say. Whereas it could be straightforward to dismiss this one hundred and fiftieth anniversary bottling as nothing totally different from normal bottlings of Yellowstone Select bourbon with a unique label on it, that is really a unique animal, bottled at 100 proof (vs. 93) and carrying a 6 yr outdated age assertion.
Particulars observe in every of the writeups beneath.
Yellowstone Household Reserve 6 Years Outdated one hundred and fiftieth Anniversary Version – Also referred to as the “Landmark Version,” although it doesn’t include that textual content on the label, this whiskey options six totally different labels, all with scenes from Yellowstone. It’s sadly not the very best whiskey I’ve had from the operation, kicking off with a really powerful, leathery nostril that feels blown out with wooden and creosote notes. Some Port wine sweetness emerges with time, however altogether the kickoff is tough. Issues take a bizarre activate the palate, which begins off nearly sickly candy with raspberry jam notes, then turns again towards oak — overpoweringly so — on the end. Evergreen notes don’t actually gel right here, and the entire affair feels surprisingly skinny regardless of being bottled at 50% abv. The end is the least participating a part of all — dusty gravel, coal smoke, and extra leather-based. Sadly, nothing a lot got here collectively on this one for me. 100 proof. C- / $40
Yellowstone Restricted Version Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2022 – A a lot totally different animal than the above, this yr’s Yellowstone LE is a mixture of 15- and 16-year-old bourbons which have been blended with a 7-year-old bourbon that has been completed in Marsala Superiore casks. Marsala is having an “it” second within the whiskey world, and there’s no mistaking the impression it has on this whiskey, imbuing the nostril with an enormous fruit character that evokes figs and, particularly, toasted coconut. Layers of wooden mood what comes throughout on the entire as a bit doughy, albeit participating. The palate is once more fairly candy with notes of Port wine, butterscotch, and finally sugar cookie dough. Gentle on its ft however on the skinny facet, the end pulls out components of darkish chocolate and a menthol character, although filtered via a considerably weedy character that leaves a vegetal style on the tongue. I hoped for a richer expertise right here, however Marsala wine invariably leaves its mark on the expertise, for higher or worse. Examine to releases from 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. 101 proof. B+ / $100 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS] [BUY IT NOW FROM FROOTBAT]