15 STARS Platinum Bourbon Review

15 STARS Platinum Bourbon is a blend of straight bourbons from Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana, aged 18, 15 and 10 years. So how do these well-aged bourbons blend together? Read our review to find out!

Platinum
15 STARS
Fine Aged Bourbon
A Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskeys
98 Proof
MSRP: ~$280
Review

Please enjoy our 15 STARS Platinum Bourbon Review!

“A blend of straight bourbon whiskeys from America’s First West aged 18, 15, and 10 years.”

Why 15 STARS?

15 STARS is named in honor of Kentucky becoming the 15th state, and thus, the 15th star added to the American Flag. And 15th stripe, too, because that’s what they did back then until they realized that would rapidly get out of hand. In fact, flags were pretty much a free for all until the Executive Order of President Taft of June 24, 1912 which prescribed proportions for the flag and for the organization of the stars.

15 STARS was started by father and son Rick and Ricky Johnson. I have enjoyed their prior bourbon releases, the 14 Year Timeless Reserve, the 7 & 15 Year Private Stock and the Triple Cask. The Platinum differs from the prior releases in that it is a blend of straight bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, whereas the prior releases have all been Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, or blends and/or finished versions thereof.

Tasting Notes – 15 STARS Platinum Bourbon Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉Nose: Rich vanilla custard, fresh butter, dark cherries and dark plums, orange zest; brown sugar, cedar, mild oak & light char; moderate alcohol
👉Taste: Oak, butter, butterscotch, vanilla; touch of minerals; brown sugar sweetness but with some molasses overtones and a bit of bitter orange; dry oak and white pepper towards the back, with mild leather
👉Finish: White pepper spice slowly builds and lingers; dry oakiness, some brown sugar and barrel char stay along for the ride; there’s lightly tanned leather, too; long finish; mild-moderate burn

The nose starts off almost pastry-like as some well-aged bourbons often do. I am assuming that the Tennessee component is bringing the butter and mild mineral flavors. The cherry and vanilla custard are probably the Kentucky contributions, and the Indiana component contributes as well and further balances out the flavors. The taste brings more of the same, although it develops some spice and a bit of a tang from some bitter orange peel. There are also older barrel flavors which then continue to grow during the long finish, accompanied by white pepper spice and oak.

A Blend From 3 States

It’s not uncommon today to see bourbons from these three states married together. Often the Tennessee is the oldest, due to availability. I am not sure if that is the case here, but it would be my guess. Regardless, this is one of the best, if not the best, Kentucky, Indiana & Tennessee bourbon blends that I have had! The flavors are in such a balance that allows each to perfectly complement the others. I think the proof point is perfect, as well.

15 STARS Platinum Bourbon Review - Bottle
Conclusion

I have to say, the folks at 15 STARS have hit it out of the park again! However, I would be remiss to not mention the price, which many would consider high. However, it is not out of line with the going price for well-aged bourbons these days. If you’re a fan of well-aged whiskeys, and enjoy the idea of pastry notes with some added white pepper spice and some citrus tang, then you’ll likely enjoy this bourbon. Nonetheless, given the price, it might be prudent to try it in a bar before you buy.

Have you tried any of 15 STARS’ whiskeys? What did you think? Cheers!🥃

We hope you have enjoyed our 15 STARS Platinum Bourbon Review! Would you like to read about other 15 STARS whiskeys? Read our 15 Stars Triple Cask Bourbon Review and our 15 Stars 7 & 15 Year Bourbon Review!

This bottle was graciously provided by 15 STARS for my review.

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