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Boone County Distilling Co
Kentucky Pot Still Bourbon
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Please enjoy our Boone County Pot Still Bourbon review!
The Boone County Distilling Company as we know it has been around since 2015, although it is founded on a rich history dating back to 1833. Their releases up until now have been clear spirits, rum and sourced rye and bourbons. I have been a fan. Some of the labels, notably the Eighteen33 bourbons, are no longer with us, and they are missed.
The future is now, though. Boone County has been waiting patiently for their bourbon to age. This first release is 5 1/2 years old. Made from a mash bill of 74% corn, 21% rye and 5% malted barley it was distilled in their 500 gallon copper pot still, named The Bear. It is bottled at 94.8 proof. Retail is $49.99.
Let’s taste it:
🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉Nose: Fresh bread, mildly burnt caramel, lightly toasted marshmallow, corn, grain, plum, dried apricot, cedar, sugar sweetness, mild baking spices; moderate alcohol burn
👉Taste: Bread, simple syrup sweetness, light char, baking spices
👉Finish: Char builds, toast, syrupy sweetness lingers on and eventually fades; dry woodiness develops and grows; there’s a medium burn and medium length finish
It’s interesting how this bourbon has changed during the 4 days that the bottle has been open. It has similar flavors, although the balance has changed a bit, particularly in the nose. It was more corn and bread forward initially; now the lightly burnt caramel and toasted marshmallow are more noticeable, and the fruit, while still there, is a little more subdued. After a couple of sips, the balance returns to how it was. Intriguing.
This is a complex bourbon. That certainly must have something to do with being pot still distilled. There are some “younger” flavors, but it’s not that young and is in fact older than many very well known bourbons we would never think of as young. I am not sure of the barrel entry proof nor the proof that this came off of the still, because both of those parameters can have a profound impact on a bourbon’s flavors.
What’s my verdict? I like it! It’s funny. Back when I was a bourbon youth and thought that all bourbons should taste like what the “Big Boys” were making, I did not appreciate the flavors of a bourbon such as this. Live and learn! What do you think of pot still distilled bourbons? Do you love them? Cheers!🥃
I hope you have enjoyed my Boone County Pot Still Bourbon review! If you want to learn more about the distillery, check out our Boone County Distilling Company review and write up on BourbonObsessed.com!