Bardstown Bourbon Company
Château De Laubade
Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskies* Finished in Château De Laubade Armagnac casks
Please enjoy our Bardstown Bourbon Company Château De Laubade 2022 Release Review!
The Second Château De Laubade Armagnac Finished Bourbon Release
This is Bardstown Bourbon Company’s second foray into finishing bourbon in Château De Laubade Armagnac casks. The first release was made with a 12 year old Indiana bourbon, presumably from MGP. This second release uses a blend of 12 year old Kentucky bourbon and 10 year old Tennessee bourbon, with no proportions or other specifics provided. So right from the start these will be two very different releases.
The first release was finished in Château De Laubade’s Armagnac barrels for 18 months. However, for this release, the finishing was a more complex process. Half of the barrels matured on a lower floor of the rickhouse for two years, while the second half finished for 16 months on the top floor. Also, the proofs are different: 118.4 for the first release, 107 for this one.
Let’s taste it:
🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉🏻Nose: Apricots, a combination of fresh and dried; caramel, pear & light cinnamon with some light floral notes, too; there’s cedar & oak; a touch of minerals & even a little milk chocolate; something deep and dark in the back; moderate alcohol
👉🏻Taste: The Armagnac is more noticeable in the taste, although the complex apricot flavors are there, too; The sweetness is fruit-like, with oak and some minerals
👉🏻Finish: The finish is long, with sweetness and fruit giving way to building spice, char and woodiness that linger for quite some time.
Different From The First Château De Laubade Finished Bourbon Release
This is a very complex bourbon and actually quite different from the first release. That would not be unexpected since the constituent bourbons are so different. Nonetheless, both releases also share some similarities. For example, the apricot notes and the long finish with increasing spice and char. This bottle has only been open for 1 day, and I expect that it will change a bit over time, but it is quite enjoyable from the start. In fact, the flavors even change a bit as I slowly empty my glass.
Have you had either of the Bardstown Bourbon Company Château De Laubade releases? How about the L’Unique Armagnac which was finished in the barrels from the first release? I wonder if there will be a L’Unique II? Cheers!🥃
*A Grammatical Moment: Whiskies vs. Whiskeys
The spelling “Whiskies” is directly off of the bottle label. However, “whiskies” is the pleural of “whisky” whereas “whiskeys” is the pleural of “whiskey”. Since I am assuming that the 10 year old Tennessee Bourbon comes from George Dickel, they use the spelling “whisky”. There are only 2 large Kentucky distilleries that use the spelling “whiskey”. They are: Maker’s Mark & Old Forester. Could this be a clue to the whiskies used in this bourbon blend?
I hope you have enjoyed our Bardstown Bourbon Company Château De Laubade 2022 Release Review! Want to learn more? Check our our review of the first release of the Bardstown Bourbon Company Château de Laubade Bourbon Review and our Château De Laubade L’Unique Armagnac Review!
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