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Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Clear Spring Distilling Co.
MSRP: $62.99 – $119.99 (TW)
Please enjoy our Chestnut Farms Bottled In Bond Bourbon Review!
The Chestnut Farms Brand
There is not a wealth of information out there on the Chestnut Farms brand. It seems to be a Total Wine store brand, however it is also listed for sale on a number of other online retailers. It is said to be distilled, aged and bottled by the Clear Spring Distilling Co, with addresses given in both Bardstown and Frankfort, Kentucky. The beauty of Bottled In Bond spirits is that the actual sites of distillation and bottling must be disclosed, and this is accomplished via the DSP number. For this particular bourbon, it was distilled and aged at DSP-KY-12, which is the Barton 1792 Distillery. Additionally, it was bottled at DSP-KY-113, which is the Buffalo Trace Distillery. So we know without any doubt that this is a Sazerac product.
Aged 6 Years?
Another interesting thing about Chestnut Farms Bottled In Bond Bourbon is that the bottle bears no age statement. That is fine, since legally it does not have to do so if it is aged 4 years or more, which it must be, since it is Bottled In Bond. Oddly, an age statement is given on the Total Wine website. There it says, quite eloquently, “HIGHLY ALLOCATED- From the famous Barton 1792 Distillery, a 6YR hi-rye bourbon distilled and aged on property in Bardstown, KY.” So, presumably that age is correct? I can’t help but wonder why it doesn’t say it on the label, though?
What About Clear Spring Distilling?
So what about this Clear Spring Distilling Co.? Well, it was a real distillery, at one point, sort of. Way back in 1854, when David M. Beam moved from Washington County to Nelson County he called his new distillery Clear Spring Distillery. Or maybe that name wasn’t used until 1895, when Jim Beam partnered with Albert Hart; it is unclear. The name seemed to be used intermittently during the evolution of Beam. It seemed to be used continuously from 1895 up until Prohibition, and then again afterwards. At one point the Clear Spring Distillery produced the Pebble-Ford brand, although that brand seemed to change hands, too.
Sazerac Comes On Board
Online searches do reveal some of the old Clear Spring Distilling Co. incorporation documents and tax records. After Prohibition, there was a Clear Spring Distilling Co incorporated in 1933 with a home office in Clermont, KY. Records were filed by Beam up until 1990. Then a company based in New Orleans, presumably Sazerac, registered it again as a foreign LLC in 2014.
Tasting Notes – Chestnut Farms Bottled In Bond Bourbon Review
Let’s taste it:
🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉🏻Nose: Sweet pears and peaches; some sweet cherry, too; mild rye spices, light oak, graham cracker & cinnamon; noticeable alcohol for the proof
👉🏻Taste: Pears & peaches continue; there’s some caramel now; rye spices, white peppers and dry oak grow…
👉🏻Finish: …And continue into the finish; white pepper spice further increases, then subsides leaving dry oak in its wake; moderately long finish with a moderate burn.
Starts With Fruit And Ends With Dry Oak
Chestnut Farms Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon starts off with quite a bit of fruit in the nose. When I first opened the bottle, sweet pears and peaches were the dominant fruit flavors. However, after being open for a day, sweet cherry became apparent as well. As time goes on the other flavors, such as the light oak, graham cracker and cinnamon become more evident. In addition, the nose is fairly sweet initially, but becomes less so as time goes on. The fruits continue into the taste, but rye spices, some white pepper and oak become more noticeable. In the finish, the white pepper spice increases, but then drops off fairly abruptly, with dry oak lingering to the end.
Drinks Fairly Hot
Although this bourbon is 100 proof, as are all bottled-in-bond spirits, it drinks a bit hotter than that, especially in the nose. That is not a trait I have noticed with many other Barton 1792 bourbons, so I am not sure of the reason.
Different Than The 1792 Bottled In Bond Bourbon
I wouldn’t have really guessed that Chestnut Farms Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon was distilled at the Barton 1792 Distillery had I not seen the DSP numbers. For comparison, I tried a Bottled In Bond bourbon from 1792 that I happened to have open. It was picked by the Lincoln Road Package Store, and is a single barrel, so may not be representative of the standard 1792 Bottled-In-Bond, but it will have to do. Interestingly, its flavor profile is very different. It has much more sweet cherry, and caramel, sort of like a tootsie pop. There also isn’t the white pepper spice that becomes dominant at the end of the Chestnut Farms Bottled In Bond Bourbon, although there is still some dry oak. It instead remains fairly sweet through the finish.
Overall, this is enjoyable bourbon. I bought mine at Total Wine at the low end of the price range, which is probably not bad for a 6 year old Bottled In Bond bourbon from a well-known distillery. However, at the high end of the price range, also oddly found at Total Wine, it would seem a bit overpriced. I am not sure how the price varies so considerably in different regions of the country. That doesn’t really make sense. Have you tried Chestnut Farms Bottled In Bond Bourbon? What did you think? Cheers!🥃
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