By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
When I first got wind that our friends at Doc Swinson's were going to bottle a 15 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon and sell it for a reasonable price, I didn't believe it. I was certain it was a hoax. But then a sample showed up. We tasted. We loved. We Bought. Everything we could afford. I'd have bought it all if I could. But what I love about this product isn't simply that it's great whisky at a totally fair price, it's that total lack of pretense around it. No BS stories about the distillery misplacing barrels or Grandpa's old recipe. And while we'll likely never pinpoint exactly where it came from, the origin is way less important the journey. And that journey has taken this rare special treat to our doorstep. Here is what I taste. The nose is packed full of dark cherries, old cigar box, sandalwood, exotic wood, hints of cinnamon and vanilla. It definitely has that old whiskey feeling to it on the nose, which often means that the palate might be a bit astringent or hard-edged, especially at this high proof. But instead the mouth is overtly sweet with those cherries taking charge up front, tons of creaminess, but not supper oily or viscous. As the whiskey travels the palate the overt sweetness turns savory and spicy - from caramel covered cherries to fresh tobacco, peppermint, cinnamon and a little bite in the back. It's just so drinkable and inviting, it just seems to good to be true. Yet here we are. Hopefully this is a signal of what's to come from Kentucky in the future. If the big companies don't want to deal with bottling and selling this amazing juice in tiny batches, we will gladly do it for them. We've purchased over 1000 bottles of this incredible bourbon and it's nearly half sold out already. There should be plenty of opportunity to taste it in advance of it selling out, but don't wait long because I believe once people actually begin to understand what we've got here they'll be bunkering these while they can.