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 may be fairly a little bit of alcohol to burn off on the nostril earlier than issues get fascinating. With a little bit of relaxation, a large burst of molasses and turbinado sugar offers approach to dried orange peel and honey. A number of 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 large and burly bottle, with extra spice, caramel, and praline coming to the forefront, with the baking spice components getting reduction.
There are a lot of splendid choices within the Brown-Forman catalog, however that is one among its constant pinnacles. Followers of earlier years won’t 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 effectively served with just a few drops (not many) to chop issues down and provides the complete expertise a way more tempered strategy. Nicely-seasoned vacationers could use water at their discretion.
As with all Kings of Kentucky up to now, this can have restricted availability with an extremely scarce allocation. A variant on this yr’s King of Kentucky will even arrive as an 18-year-old providing unique to Kentucky in an version of 250 bottles and a recommended price ticket of $350. No phrase on the way it fares by the use of comparability.
130.6 proof as reviewed. Barrel quantity 14 was submitted for evaluation consideration.
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