Legent Bourbon Review

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Legent Bourbon is a collaboration between Fred B. Noe of the James B. Beam Distilling Co., and Shinji Fukuyo of the House of Suntory. Mature Beam bourbon is finished in sherry and red wine casks, then expertly blended with additional straight bourbon to create Legent. So, what's it like? Find out by reading our review!

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Partially Finished In Wine & Sherry Casks
94 Proof
James B. Beam Distilling Co.
MSRP: ~$40 ($36.99 at my local TW)

Please enjoy our Legent Bourbon Review!

“Two True Legends. One Truly Unique Bourbon”

A Unique Collaboration

Legent Bourbon, first released in 2019, is a unique collaboration between American distilling and Japanese blending. On the American side is Fred Noe, Master Distiller at the James B. Beam Distilling Co. For the Japanese, we have Shinji Fukuyo, Master Blender of the House of Suntory.

Legent Begins With Fully Mature Beam Bourbon

Legent begins with fully mature bourbon distilled by Fred Noe at the James B. Beam Distilling Co. Then some of the bourbon is additionally aged in sherry casks, while some is further aged in red wine casks. The duration of finishing (nor the age of the bourbon) is not given, but according to the original press release, it is “rested over the warm Kentucky summer”. So, perhaps the finishing time is a few months?

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And Completes With Expert Blending

For the final step in the process, Shinji Fukuyo blends the two finished bourbons with additional unfinished, mature Kentucky Straight Bourbon. As we will see later on, it is likely the addition of unfinished bourbon that tempers the wine and sherry notes more so than in may other finished whiskeys that I have tried.

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Tasting Notes – Legent Bourbon Review

Let’s taste it:

Actually, first let’s look at it. The color is a dark amber. I only mention it since its relatively dark color caught my eye.

🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉Nose: Brown sugar, purple grape juice, fresh apples; in the back are subtle figs and raisins; burnt caramel, mild rye spices and light cinnamon; some dry oak; mild-moderate alcohol
👉Taste: Mild sweetness, caramel, brown sugar, Concord grape juice; dry oak
👉Finish: Cabernet like flavors join with white and black pepper spice, dry oak and light barrel char; the finish is longer than expected with a moderate burn

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A Very Complex Bourbon

Legent is a very complex bourbon, which is not surprising given its lineage. The flavors in the nose are layered upon themselves, which is why I have listed so many. Most are not present at the start. My initial sniffs bring fresh apples, brown sugar and lightly burnt caramel. Soon after, some dark grape juice joins in and adds a bit of a wine-like character. Minutes later, the light raisin, fig, more burnt caramel, rye spices and cinnamon join in, with the early flavors pretty much a memory. I tasted this bourbon over multiple days because I thought that I just wasn’t getting it right. However, other than the day I tried the freshly opened bottle, my impressions were the same.

The taste is different from the nose. It is nowhere’s near as complex, bringing mild sweetness, brown sugar, soft light caramel and more dark grape juice, again giving me the impression of wine. Some dry oak rapidly joins in. The wine notes increase in the finish, reminding me of a Cabernet. Then comes some black and white pepper spice, dry oak and barrel char. However, they remained well tempered, and the flavors linger for quite some time.

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For full disclosure, I am generally not a fan of red wine finished bourbons. However, due to the methods used, the wine flavors in Legent, while present, are not overpowering and I did enjoy the complexity of this bourbon. If you are a fan of red wine finishes, Legent Bourbon is definitely worth a try. And at $40 or less, why not?

Have you tried Legent Bourbon? What did you think? Cheers!🥃

We hope you have enjoyed our Legent Bourbon Review! Would you like to read about another bourbon finished in multiple different casks? Then check out our 15 Starts Triple Cask Bourbon Review! Or, for another red wine finished bourbon, which I feel remains well-balanced, read our Daviess County Cabernet Finished Bourbon Review!

Thank you to the James B. Beam Distilling Company and Annabel at Articulate for providing this bottle for my review!

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