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Kentucky Series – Boston
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Aged 204 Months (17 Years)
Please enjoy our Hardin’s Creek Boston Bourbon Review!
Hardin’s Creek Boston Is The 3rd Release In The Kentucky Series
Hardin’s Creek Boston Bourbon is the 3rd and final release in the Hardin’s Creek Kentucky Series. The premise of the Kentucky Series is to release 3 bourbons, all aged 17 years, and all made with the same mash bill. The only difference between the bourbons is where they aged in Kentucky, either in Clermont, Frankfort or Boston.
Beam’s Boston Campus
Hardin’s Creek Boston is aged at The James B. Beam Distilling Co.’s Boston campus. The Boston Campus is also known as Jim Beam’s Booker Noe Plant. It is located just north of the town of Boston, KY, about 12-13 miles south of the James B. Beam Distillery in Clermont. Beam’s Boston campus has “golden sunshine and clean air” which are said by the distillery to allow for faster, richer aging. The rackhouses (that’s what Beam calls their rickhouses) are widely spaced in the open terrain, creating a “bold and characterful whiskey”. The terroir is said to provide a sweetness to the bourbon, not found in the other Kentucky Series releases.
The Other Kentucky Series Sites
Here is a brief overview of the characteristics of the sites used for aging the two other bourbons in the Hardin’s Creek Kentucky Series. The Clermont campus has rolling hills and surrounding woodlands. In contrast, Frankfort has humidity from the river running through the campus. It also has less ventilation in its rackhouses.
Tasting Notes — Hardin’s Creek Boston Bourbon Review
Let’s taste it:
🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉🏻Nose: Dry oak, cedar, hint of leather; dark stone fruits like plums and raspberry jam; sweet cherries later on; moderately burnt caramel, toffee and rich brown sugar; moderate alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Dry oak, brown sugar, dark stone fruits, touch of a maple syrup; some tannins
👉🏻Finish: Growing white pepper spice; tannins; lingering subtle fruit with jam notes; lots of dry oak; moderate burn; long finish
All The Notes I Expect In A Well Aged Bourbon
Hardin’s Creek Boston starts out with all the notes I would expect in a well aged bourbon. There’s plenty of dry oak, with some cedar and leather, too. That’s all on a rich body with moderately burnt caramel and brown sugar. Let’s not forget the dark stone fruits, because they are there, too, with some in the form of raspberry jam. Moreover, the proof is noticeable. The taste greets me with lots of dry oak, combined with a mild sweetness from brown sugar. There are subtle dark stones fruits, and dry tannins provide a contrast to the sweetness. Finally, the finish takes a sharp turn with rapidly growing white pepper spice. The fruits linger as well, and that raspberry jam shows up again towards the end. The dry oak is still there, of course, and tannins, too. The finish lasts a very long time with a moderate burn.
What About The Raspberry Jam?
A flavor that is a bit unexpected for me, is the raspberry jam. That is not the form I expect the stone fruits to take in a bourbon of this age. However, it works quite well. And yes, for those that are wondering, raspberries are considered stone fruits. They are an aggregate of drupelets, with each tiny “berry” containing a tiny edible pit. (Source: A Complete Guide to Stone Fruit – madeincookware.com)
Hardin’s Creek Boston is another delicious, well-aged bourbon from the James B. Beam Distillery. However, it is definitely meant for those who love oak, just like its brethren in the Kentucky Series. But what else would you expect from a 17 year old high proof bourbon? I’m looking forward to doing the comparison between all 3 of these bourbons soon. Have you had any of the Hardin’s Creek Kentucky Series? What did you think? Cheers!🥃
We hope you have enjoyed our Hardin’s Creek Boston Bourbon Review! Next, read about other bourbons in the Kentucky Series. Check out our Hardin’s Creek Clermont Bourbon Review and our Hardin’s Creek Frankfort Bourbon Review!
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