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Origin Series Bourbon Review

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Bardstown Bourbon Company Origin Series Bourbon Review

Origin Series Bourbon
Bardstown Bourbon Company
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
High Rye Mash Bill
96 Proof
MSRP: ~$45

Please enjoy our Bardstown Bourbon Company Origin Series Bourbon Review!

Distilled, Aged and Bottled at the Bardstown Bourbon Company

The Origin Series represents the first whiskeys that were entirely distilled, aged and bottled at the Bardstown Bourbon Company. The first releases are two bourbons. They are a high rye bourbon, the subject of this review, and a Bottled In Bond wheated bourbon, which is reviewed separately. The third member of the inaugural series is a rye whiskey, to be released in March 2023.

Mash Bill

This bourbon uses a high rye mash bill. Therefore, it consists of 60% Corn, 36% Rye and 4% Malted Barley. It is aged 6 years and bottled at 96 proof.

Tasting Notes

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Vanilla, soft butterscotch, rye spices, light honey, cinnamon; dark cherries in the background; mild alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Caramel, light honey, rye spice, cinnamon, light oak
👉🏻Finish: Spice builds into the fairly long finish; some sweetness and cinnamon lingers; a bit of dry oak becomes more evident towards the end

The flavors of this High Rye Bourbon are quite rich from the start. The vanilla is dominant, closely followed by butterscotch. The rye spices are noticeable, but not overpowering. The taste changes somewhat from butterscotch to caramel, with a light honey sweetness. In the finish, the high rye makes itself known in the spiciness that develops.


At 96 proof, this bourbon is quite easy to drink. Consequently, those just starting out in bourbon would likely appreciate it. However, more seasoned bourbon drinkers should enjoy it, too. I found it quite pleasant neat, although I anticipate that it would stand up well in a cocktail. The Origin Series Bourbon’s price is also quite reasonable for a premium 6 year old bourbon from a respected distillery. I think it would find a welcome home on most people’s bars.

We hope you have enjoyed our Bardstown Bourbon Company Origin Series Bourbon Review! Would you like to read about another related whiskey? Check out our Bardstown Bourbon Company Origin Series Rye Review!

Thank you to the Bardstown Bourbon Company for graciously supplying this sample for my review.

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