Whiskey Review: Bardstown Bourbon Finished In Spanish Oloroso Sherry Casks

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Bardstown Bourbon Company. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Despite being somewhat isolated in rural Bardstown, Kentucky, Bardstown Bourbon Company’s (BBCo) operations lie in a modern facility located, essentially, in the middle of a cornfield. BBCo and other distillers in the area are looking to transform the region into one of the nation’s first Napa Valley type of destination experiences in the heart of whiskey country, crafting the ultimate bourbon destination vacation for any whiskey enthusiast.

This company has a lot going on. Several barrel finishes and blends. The bourbon in particular here is a 12-year out of Indiana that’s finished in Spanish Oloroso barrels care of Copper and Kings, a brandy distillery in Louisville. Other selections from the Bardstown Bourbon Company include finishes of a red wine barrel as well as Orange Curacao.

All things said, this is not the first collaboration with Copper and Key. In the past, for example, there was a 10yr Indiana bourbon finished in Muscat Mistelle barrels for 18 months and thereafter in fresh American oak for 19 months. I’ll admit to being curious as to what this one tasted like.

Bardstown Bourbon Finished In Spanish Oloroso Sherry Casks

Bardstown Bourbon Finished In Spanish Oloroso Sherry Casks (image via Kenji Mizumori/The Whiskey Wash)

Whiskey Review: Bardstown Bourbon Finished In Spanish Oloroso Sherry Casks

Vital Stats: 100 proof and 50% ABV. Distilled in Indiana and finished in Oloroso casks. Aged 12 years. ~ $135 per 750ml

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Appearance: A deep red with hues of a dark brown. Upon a swirl in the glass, found sparse and slow legs. As a 12 year, this one has a surprising amount of color. One might guess that this is due to the Oloroso finish.

Nose: This was a fun one. Medium heat, but definitely a cherry presence. A sweetness of orchard fruit and a touch of bubble gum in the back end.

Palate: Lighter bodied, but big flavor. As the nose presents, there’s definitely a cherry presence in addition to fall flavors. One may expect notes of fig and dates, with a touch of baking spices in the finish.

The Takeaway

Summary

I thought this was a fun one. There were a lot of things going on. Light to start, but came on strong as the tasting experience continued. Not too sherry heavy, which is a good thing. There were nice fruit elements throughout and goes well with cooler weather. Definitely comforting, especially with a dash of water to temper the proof.

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