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- Brand: Kentucky Gentleman
- ABV: 40%
Given it is July 4, I thought I would review some bourbons. Bourbons are going to be a little more expensive in the coming year thanks to our new trade war.
When I was in Maryland with @paddockjudge, we came across three inexpensive bourbon bottles that were in the process of being opened and dumped. I can’t really say why. Well, I can, but I shouldn’t. If the dumper wishes to comment that is fine with me. I managed to save a sample of each of them. The first one was Heaven Hill Old Style Bourbon. The second one was Ancient Age Kentucky Straight Bourbon. This was the third one.
I don’t know much about this but it claims to be a blend of Straight bourbon and “Spirit from the finest grains”. I though bourbon itself was made of grain spirit. So maybe the bourbon wasn’t from the finest grains? Let’s check it out.
This expression, poured into a Kentucky bourbon glass, is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.
Sweet, fruity nose. Over-ripe fruit? The richest of the three I reviewed together. Something solventy. Butterscotch. Not a bad nose.
A little thin. Fruit-forward palate. Spirity. Some vanilla and caramel in the background. Water makes it more bitter. (20/25)
Short spicy finish, leaving astringency.
The nose and palate are consistent. Not very complex and a little sweet.
Score: Neat - 82.5/100 With Water: 82/100
Surprisingly, almost a drinkable bourbon.
For fun, I put equal parts of the Heaven Hill, Ancient Age and Kentucky Gentleman into my MoM Couldn’t Finish sample bottle and let it marry for a little while. I believe the result is slightly greater than the sum of its parts.
The leftovers were dumped in the glass that had held my diet tonic water, soda, lemon and lime. Mixed with the spent lemon and lime, it’s quite tasty.