Review #2 – Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Series 1

In 2019, Bardstown Bourbon Company released their first bourbon in the Discovery Series. They called it Discovery #1. Discovery is a blend of bourbons that is a combination of the following:

5% of a 13 year old Kentucky bourbon that is made up of 78% corn, 12% rye, and 10% malted barley

75% of an 11 year 7 month Kentucky bourbon that is made up of 74% corn, 18% rye, and 8% malted barley

10% of a 10 year old Kentucky bourbon that is made up of 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley

10% of a 5 year old Kentucky bourbon that is made up of 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% of malted barley

Discovery #1 is 121.21 proof, or 60.605% alcohol/volume. This bourbon was released in 2019 at a suggested retail price of $129.99. I received this bourbon as a gift from my AMAZING WIFE but was able to try it beforehand at the 2019 Big Red Liquors Bourbon Expo. It was definitely my favorite bourbon that day. That made me wonder how I would score it. So here it goes!

SMELL

With this proof it’s not surprising that the first thing I smelled was alcohol. As I kept going back, I picked up more fruit notes. I got sweet cherries, raspberries and a little citrus. Have you ever gone to the movie theater and had the Cherry Flavored Mini Twizzlers? That’s what this reminds me of. You might find it hard to get past the smell of alcohol, though. This would definitely be one of those bottles that I would suggest airing out.

TASTE

Neat. The cherry and raspberry definitely came through on the taste for me. Not much more was picked up. A hint of orange peel. I noticed that I did not taste the typical bourbon tasting notes. I did not pick up any caramel or vanilla.

Adding a few drops of water. The water helped open this bourbon up a little bit. It took some of the heat off of the taste and allowed more flavors to shine through. Vanilla, spice (more of a pepper spice), and the oak came out when water was added.

Adding an ice ball. This brought out the sweetness. Not necessarily candy sweetness, but more of a syrupy sweetness. The ice ball definitely cooled this bourbon down some. The finish was not as warm, but at the same point most flavors did not last as long either.

Mixing with Coke. If you find yourself wanting to mix this bourbon with Coke, please send me a direct message or email and I will help you find a bourbon that is MUCH cheaper that would be better to mix with Coke.

FINISH

For the finish I got pepper and spice. I also got that warm hug but that was expected with such a high-proof bourbon. It didn’t last as long as I would have liked. As I mentioned before, the flavors fall off in the finish as well.

OVERALL

As I mentioned before, when I first had this, I LOVED IT. Opening up this new bottle did not wow me like it did that day. That really makes me think that letting this bourbon open up a little bit and breathe will only help it. This is a bourbon that I would love to come back and try again later down the road. As for this particular review, I thought it was decent but at that price point, I don’t know if it’s justified. Until next time, cheers!