Bardstown Bourbon Company "Collabor&tion - Mistelle Barrel Finish" Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)(in store pickup only, cannot ship) SKU #1324132

$124.99

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Tasting Notes

The Collabor&tion series is the first release of whiskey from Kentucky's soon-to-be star Bardstown Bourbon Company, a project done in "collaboration" with Louisville brandy specialists Copper & Kings. Using 10-year-old stocks of bourbon distilled at MGP in Indiana, BBCo finished each of the whiskeys for an additional 18 months in two different types of casks: American brandy and Muscat Mistelle. Made from 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley, the Collabor&tion expression is aged in Mistelle barrels. It has an incredible viscosity and chewiness to its texture from the time spent in the used casks. Mistelle is unfermented grape juice (in this case, Muscat) fortified with unaged brandy (Muscat eau-de-vie) and then aged in bourbon barrels for 18 months. The empty barrels are deeply caramelized with the grape sugars and fruit essences, and the Collabor&tion whiskey aged in these barrels is pure joy. It's a completely novel sensory experience: deeply concentrated, rich whiskey that has a supple, fruity, and absolutely delicious finish. It's both a unique and divine tasting experience. Bottled at 47% cask strength ABV. NOTE: Due to the shape of the Collabor&tion bottle it cannot be consolidated with other bottles shipping and must ship in its own individual package.

Staff Reviews

  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    6/25/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    One of my favorite American whiskies I have had the pleasure of trying. The aromas of dried fruits and caramelized sugars are quite charming. The real shining star of this whiskey though is its palate. There is a pleasant viscous and almost juicy quality it possesses that is lent by its time spent in Mistelle barrels. This is a beautiful representation of what Bourbon and American Whiskey can attain with the precise care and craftsmanship that the folks at Bardstown have bestowed upon it. Two thumbs up, special stuff!
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    10/5/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a wonderful addition to the bourbon selection. It is both elegant and tasty with elegant and inviting aromas. In the mouth it is both interesting and tasty. This is not a heavy bourbon and there is a very nice spice element. There is a nice complex finish.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    9/29/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    If you've ever walked into the store and asked the objectively silly question, "What rare bourbons do you have in stock at a good price?" This is your chance! These are extremely limited, ultra rare bourbons that taste absolutely delicious, unique, and are down right affordable when you consider the other criteria. Mistelle, if you're unfamiliar, is just fortified grape juice (and super tasty). Due to the mistelle cask finish, this bourbon screams out with sensational fruit, you can tell there is a sweetness and intensity to it from the nose, much like a PX-aged Scotch, but with more floral and stone fruit tones, less rancio. The texture is powerful, round and unctuous. And the bourbon itself...10 year old+ goodness bottled at 47%. That in itself is worth a fortune these days, add the most interesting and tasty cask finish I've seen this year and you've got a winner for those bold enough to actually ask, "what's rare and in stock?"
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    9/29/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    I LOVE the Mistelle finish on this and it's funny because I thought my co-workers and customers would prefer the classic profile of the American brandy expression, but I was wrong. The sweetness and the texture provided by the liqueur finish is simply sensational here and the orange peel notes from the Mistelle really blend well into the baking spices of the bourbon. It's done with a balanced hand all the way through and the flavor of the whiskey never gets lost in the mix. Don't miss out on this one.

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