The reviewed bottle has been open 2 1/2 years, is 90% full, and preserved with inert gas for the last year. This Kentucky Bourbon Distillers product contains no batch information. The review is of the bottle as it is currently
Colour: very dark
Nose: strong pointed high-pitched vanilla, balanced by strong bass range wood flavours. Significant pointed high-pitched rye-spiciness, viz. cloves, nutmeg, and cassia, are present as well. Very nice
Taste: nice rich and sweet translation of the nose flavours
Finish: long and full, rich and sweet
Balance: this bottle has changed a lot over time. For the first year or so this was not nearly as tasty as it then became, and would have rated only 83 from me. The bottle was at its best maybe 1 year ago, and would have then been rated 92 from me. 2 1/2 years open, this Vintage 17 YO Bourbon is still quite delicious
This bottle still rates 90 pts from me, 3 1/2 years open.
I have been tasting this and trying to figure out from which distillery the distillate was sourced by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. My guess is the Charles Medley Distillery. I see similarities with some of the Medley bourbons I have had, including both Wathen Single Barrel and an old Daviess County bourbon.
This Vintage brand (not to be confused with Kentucky Vintage, which is still among their products), both the 17 yo and the 23 yo, appears to have been discontinued by KBD. The KBD website no longer features pictures of bottles of this among their products.
17 yo bourbons have been getting rare and pricey in the last several years.
Just finished this bottle today. It was still excellent up until the end.
My best guess as to the distillery of this sourced whiskey is that it was distilled at the Charles Medley distillery.