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Kentucky Series – Clermont
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Aged 204 Months (17 Years)
James B. Beam Distilling Co
Please enjoy our Hardin’s Creek Clermont Bourbon Review!
What is Hardin’s Creek Bourbon?
Hardin’s Creek is a series of ongoing releases featuring some of the James B. Beam Distilling Co’s rarest and most unique whiskeys. It debuted in 2022 with Col. James B. Beam, a 2 year old bourbon, and Jacob’s Well, a 15 year old bourbon.
The Hardin’s Creek Kentucky Series
The latest releases in the Hardin’s Creek line are what is being called the Kentucky Series. The Series will consist of 3 bourbons, produced in identical ways, other than their specific sites of aging. Each expression is 17 years old, made with the same mash bill, and laid down at the same time. The only difference is the campus where they were aged; either Clermont, Frankfort, or Boston. The series is meant to highlight the effect that location (or terroir) has on the aging bourbon. The first release of the series is Hardin’s Creek Clermont. Frankfort and Boston will be released in August and September, respectively.
What/Where is Clermont?
For those not familiar with Clermont, that is the site of the James B. Beam Distilling Co and Fred B. Noe Distillery, as well as their visitor experience. This is the campus that people see when they visit Beam, and the rickhouses scattered around the campus are where this whiskey aged. However, we are not given the specifics about the exact rickhouse(s) (or rackhouse(s), as Beam refers to them) where this aging took place, or on which rack house floor(s). Those factors would be expected to make a difference in the flavor profile, in addition to geographic location. Those details would certainly be interesting to know, and hopefully have also been kept as consistent across the 3 variants as possible.
Tasting Notes – Hardin’s Creek Clermont Bourbon Review
Let’s taste it:
🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉Nose: Burnt caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, dry charred oak, tannins; light cherry candy and soft leather in the back; fairly strong alcohol for the proof
👉Taste: Brown sugar, toffee, dry oak, cherry, tannins, barrel char
👉Finish: Dry oak; mild sweetness and dark cherries linger; white pepper spice grows; long dry balsa wood like finish with lingering char; moderate burn
Hardin’s Creek Clermont Bourbon has a lot of flavors, and a whole lot of oak
Interestingly, when I took the initial pour from the bottle, vanilla was the first aroma to hit my nose, followed by toffee. However by the next day the flavor profile had changed a bit, with brown sugar, toffee and dry charred oak leading the way. Nonetheless, the vanilla was still present, but it was not as forward and pronounced as it was initially. On both days the oak is noticeable; dry and with some tannins and char. Once I am acclimated to the dominant flavors, I notice cherry candy, and some leather, as well. Even after resting in my glass for at least 15 minutes, the alcohol vapor was surprisingly strong for the proof.
The taste starts off with some brown sugar sweetness and toffee. Soon after, it becomes largely dominated by rising spice, dry oak and some barrel char. White pepper spice continues to rapidly grow in the finish, but dry oak remains the costar, trying to steal the show. As the curtain goes down, I am left with a feeling of balsa wood or popsicle stick on my tongue, and it lingers on for a very long time.
Hardin’s Creek Clermont is complex
Hardin’s Creek Clermont Bourbon is complex, as would be expected from its age and pedigree. While, similar flavors are present throughout, their balance changes over the course of the sip.
The nose is very enticing; almost confectionary like, with only a hint of the oak and dryness that dominates the remainder of the sip. The flavors rapidly change in the taste, and then more so into the finish. If you are a fan of complex well-aged bourbons that evolve over the course of the sip and have lots of dry oak and tannins, then you’ll really enjoy this bourbon. I suspect that many people who might be interested in this bourbon would fall into that category. However, if your tastes lean more towards a sweeter, softer bourbon, you will probably want to try it before you make a purchase.
Have you tried the Hardin’s Creek Clermont Bourbon? What did you think? Let me know. Cheers!🥃
We hope you have enjoyed our Hardin’s Creek Clermont Bourbon Review! Next, learn about the 2nd bourbon in the Kentucky Series in our Hardin’s Creek Frankfort Bourbon Review! Would you like to learn more about earlier Hardin’s Creek Bourbons? Then check out our Hardin’s Creek Colonel James B Beam Bourbon Review and our Hardin’s Creek Jacob’s Well Bourbon Review!
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