American Highway Reserve Bourbon Review

American Highway Reserve Bourbon Review

American Highway Reserve
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
96 proof
MSRP $99.99
Review

I hope you enjoy my American Highway Reserve Bourbon Review!

Brad Paisley has just released a new whiskey and it’s called American Highway Reserve Bourbon. Its novelty is that one of its components, underwent some of its aging while stored in a 53-foot semi-trailer that followed his 2019 nation-wide tour. So the bourbon travelled 7,314 miles across 25 states, from coast to coast. Thus their slogan: “Made in Kentucky, Aged across America”.

According to the press release: “The fluctuating climate of the barrels’ journey expanded and contracted their staves, imparting oak and char that cultivate the characteristic flavors of America’s native spirit. This well-traveled batch was then blended with three-year, 13-year and 15-year-old Kentucky bourbons to create the final product. The next batch, to be released in 2022, was aged on the Rolling Rickhouse during Paisley’s 2021 tour.”

The Mashbills

American Highway Reserve Bourbon was created in collaboration with Bardstown Bourbon Company. The bourbons included are:
28% 3YO 71/21/9 (corn/rye/malted barley)
25% 3YO 60/36/4
24% 13YO 74/18/8
23% 15YO 78.5/13/8.5

The 15 Year Old Bourbon

Interestingly, the included 15 year old bourbon has the same unusual mashbill that has also appeared in many bourbons this past year including Bardstown’s own Discovery Series 4, Old Soul 15, Chicken Cock 15, Doc Swinson’s Release #6 of their Exploratory Cask Series, Three Chord Whiskey Drummer and Backbone Old Bones. But it’s a good bourbon, so why not?

Tasting Notes

Let’s taste Brad Paisley’s American Highway Reserve Bourbon:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Caramel, leather, vanilla cake frosting, baking spices, honey, oak, touch of blackberry soda; moderate alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Oak, tea, mild simple syrup sweetness
👉🏻Finish: Fairly dry, with oak and mild char, but there’s a little Graham cracker too; moderately long finish with the oak lingering, and some white pepper towards the end; moderate burn

Conclusion

There has been a huge change in this American Highway Reserve Bourbon after being open for a day. Freshly opened, the nose was a bit brighter and sweeter, but after a day, quite a bit of leather has developed with some of those brighter flavors fading towards the back. Although the mix of bourbons is about 50-50 young and old, the older flavors really dominate. There is a complexity present today that wasn’t there yesterday. Now that it has opened up a bit I really like this bourbon, and it will be interesting to see how it continues to develop.

I hope you enjoyed my American Highway Reserve Bourbon Review! If you are interested in learning more about one of the bourbons mentioned in this review, please read my Bardstown Bourbon Company Discovery Series 4 review.

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