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Whiskey Evaluation: 15 Stars Timeless Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Editor’s Notice: This whiskey was offered to us as a assessment pattern by 15 Stars. This by no means, per our editorial insurance policies, influenced the ultimate end result of this assessment. It also needs to be famous that by clicking the purchase hyperlink in direction of the underside of this assessment our web site receives a small referral cost which helps to help, however not affect, our editorial and different prices.

15 Stars is a brand new whiskey producer primarily based in Bardstown, Kentucky. The brainchild of father and son entrepreneurs Rick and Ricky Johnson, 15 Stars’ debut launch is labeled “Timeless Reserve.” It’s a mix of two undisclosed Kentucky bourbons: one aged 15 years and the opposite 14 years. As acknowledged by Rick Johnson in a current interview, “we really feel strongly about mixing.”

By fastidiously evaluating many alternative bourbons over a three-year interval, they sourced two they felt “exemplified the craftsmanship of the time.” The time referenced could be 1795, the yr Kentucky was made the 15th state within the union, and the 15th star added to the flag.

“Taste proofing” is a time period used all through the model’s web site in addition to described in interviews and the model’s collateral materials. The co-founders state that the aim of taste proofing is “to seek out the proper proof that brings the perfect taste out of the bourbon” and “in case you’ve had the chance to strive the identical bourbon at a bunch of various proofs, you already know it actually can convey out completely different flavors.”

After working their method from 90 proof as much as “cask power” the duo settled on 103 proof for his or her inaugural product’s launch. And if trade awards and recognition are any indication of high quality (this can be a complete different matter of dialogue), 15 Stars hit the candy spot (see their web site for a formidable record of awards). However as all the time, the proof is within the sip.

15 Stars Kentucky Bourbon, Timeless Reserve (picture through 15 Stars)

Tasting Notes: 15 Stars Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Very important Stats: Aged 14 years. 103 Proof, 51.5% ABV. Mash invoice: A mix of 14-year and 15-year bourbon, however the two particular mash payments are undisclosed. 750ML. SRP: $279.00

Look: As seen in my NEAT glass each in opposition to a white/impartial background after which up in opposition to a backlight, the bourbon’s shade is tawny brown and gingerbread.

Nostril: A wealthy nostril, however not one which jumps out at you. Heat butter, brown sugar, tree nuts and a hint of dried apple and plum fruit.

Palate: A a lot mellower and smoother entrance finish than I anticipated from the 103 proof. I contemplate {that a} welcome attribute for my palate. The mid-mouth really feel is wealthy, darkly candy and heat. That heat carries by to the end the place it blossoms and lingers, however carries by subdued oaky notes – particularly shocking contemplating its age



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