15 STARS Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon Review

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15 STARS Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon is the latest addition to the 15 STARS line of whiskeys. It has already made a name for itself by being crowned Best Bourbon at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition! So what's it like? Read our full review to find out!

Sherry Cask Finished
A Select Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskeys Finished in Sherry Casks
Aged 10 years
115 proof
MSRP: $179

Please enjoy our 15 STARS Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon Review!

A blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskeys from Kentucky and Indiana aged 13 and 10 years finished in casks seasoned by sherry wine.

A Father & Son Whiskey Brand

15 STARS was started by father and son Rick and Ricky Johnson. The brand is named in honor of Kentucky becoming the 15th state, and thus, the 15th star added to the American Flag. I have had the opportunity to review the majority of their whiskeys, and have been very impressed with what the pair have been doing.

15 STARS Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon Is Award Winning

The 15 STARS Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon was greeted by accolades right out of the gate. Not only did it recently win a Double Gold at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, it won overall best Bourbon! Also, to top it all off, 15 STARS First West Rye Whiskey, which I have previously reviewed, won overall Best Whiskey! (You can read my 15 STARS First West Rye Review here.) So, with all these awards under their belt, I am sure you are wondering what this award winning Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon is like!

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Tasting Notes – 15 STARS Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Rich lightly burnt caramel, sugar cookies and dark brown sugar; fruit in the background with dark purple grape juice & sherry overtones; mild dry oak; moderate alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch, sugar cookies and fruity Zinfandel are rapidly joined by soft sherry notes and dry oak
👉🏻Finish: Building white pepper spice, with lingering grape and subtle sherry notes; hint of tart orange peel later on; mild dry oak; long finish; moderate burn

The flavors in 15 STARS Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon are full and rich throughout. The caramel, brown sugar and sugar cookies in the nose blend perfectly with the red wine dark fruit in the background, presumably from the sherry casks. Those similar flavors continue into the taste, where there are again wine overtones, like a mildly fruity Zinfandel. Sherry notes become more noticeable with time, and some dry oak is thrown into the mix, as well. The finish brings mild sweetness, as well as moderate white pepper spice. As time goes on, there is subtle tart citrus in the form of orange peel. The finish lasts a very long time, remaining mildly sweet with a red wine – sherry feel and a deep warming feeling.

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Another Very Well Balanced Finished Bourbon From 15 STARS

This is another delicious bourbon from 15 STARS. As in their other finished whiskey, Triple Cask, the flavors from the finishing casks are noticeable. However, they are very well balanced with the bourbon and are not at all overpowering. Therefore, the sherry cask flavors really complement and bring forth the best characteristics of the base bourbons.

The flavors overall, but particularly in the nose, become richer and fuller after a sip or two. In particular, the sugar cookies become most noticeable as time goes on, and the caramel flavors in the bourbon are further enhanced by the finishing casks. This all adds up to a delicious, full bodied, warming bourbon which would be a perfect after dinner pour on a cool autumn evening. The timing of this release just couldn’t have been better!

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Conclusion – 15 STARS Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon Review

Overall, this is a delicious bourbon, and well deserving of its recent awards. In the short time that they have been around, 15 STARS is really making a name for themselves. You wouldn’t go wrong trying any of their whiskeys. However, if you enjoy sherry cask finishes, you’ll probably want to give the 15 STARS Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon a try! Cheers!🥃

We hope you have enjoyed our 15 STARS Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon Review! If you would like to read about other 15 STARS Bourbons, then check out our 15 STARS Kentucky Stars Bourbon Review and our 15 Stars 7 & 15 Year Bourbon Review!

This sample was graciously provided by 15 STARS for me to review. Thank you!

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