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Bardstown Bourbon Company "Discovery Series #1" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) SKU #1426176

Price: $129.99

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This Kentucky Straight Bourbon is the result of the diverse team made up of distillers, chefs, and bartenders at BBC coming together and blending an exceptional whisky. The bulk (75%) of the blend is 11 year, 7 month old bourbon with a 74 corn/18 rye/8 malt mashbill. Five percent of the blend is 13 year old 78/12/10 and marks the oldest portion. The remaining 10 and 10 percent is 5 year old and 10 year old bourbons both made from 75/13/12 mashbills. The Discovery Series is bottled at cask strength and without chill filtration.

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Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    7/24/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    While we visited Bardstown Bourbon Company on our annual KY trip this past April, we didn't have the chance to taste this particular product since the blend wasn't done yet. After receiving an explanation of what they were expecting the final blend to be made up of, we couldn't wait! It was still on our receiving dock when I pulled a bottle and cracked it open. The nose is insane. It's full of mint and a little bit of chocolate. In fact, I don't think I've ever had such a strong mint nose in a bourbon before. Some of the Four Roses yeast strains give a strong mint fragrance, but this is next level. Caramel and wood spice back up the sweet herbal aroma and the high proof cuts off any sweetness from getting to cloying. The palate is equally entrancing. It attacks from all angles. You get zip and cut and weight and silky texture. The flavors are complex and layered, like a Cafe Diablo, but brighter. The finish is long and bright with a reiteration and reinterpretation of the mint note that started it all. A truly exceptional blend from the hedonistic team at one of the most exciting distilleries in Kentucky.
  • Cameron Hoppas
    By: Cameron Hoppas
    7/24/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    I love Four Roses for its minty and spicy aromas, but this brand-new release from Bardstown may just become one of my new favorite whiskeys. It is wildly delicious. With juice between 5-13 years old (90% is 10+ years old), the whiskey is dense and aromatically complex. Cool mint leads on the nose, with orange zest, coriander, and spiced nuts. On the palate it has an interesting spicy caramel with dried cherry and candied orange peel, but all built on a delicate and subtle, yet dark and earthy foundation. This is certainly my favorite style of whiskey, expertly crafted and blended. If this is the future of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, I'm glad I'm here to taste it.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    7/19/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the most phenomenal bourbons I have ever tasted. With a brand-new, state-of-the art-facility and the reputation as the premier "custom crush" distillery in the area, the Bardstown Bourbon Company has spared no expense in bringing us an epic whiskey. The BBC even prints its mash bill on the bottle, which is very uncommon in bourbon, where many try to keep their recipes secret. The nose is a blend of mint and perfume and the palate is incredibly smooth and slightly candied. The new frontier of bourbon is here and Bardstown Bourbon Company is leading the way.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    7/19/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    The third in a cool series of projects coming out of the relatively young Bardstown Bourbon Company. Following their Fusion and Collaborative releases, this bottling called Discovery combines Kentucky Bourbons primarily between 10 and 13 years with some 5 year old thrown in as well for a bit of punchy youth. I like that each of the bottlings give details on what's going into the blend regarding age as well as mashbill. In our day and age, we could all use more transparency (whether we're talking about whiskey or politics). After well-polished wood, various fruit notes play on the nose: orange zest, canned peaches, and cherry cough drops. The medium caramel scents blend seamlessly with the vibrant spices. On the palate, the caramel comes out more prominently while the spices get more earthy (clove, coriander, anise) and more herbal (mint, fresh hay), but the finish is boldly peppery.

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