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Bomberger’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2020)

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7

Whiskey Review: Bomberger’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2020)

Tasting Notes:

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Bottled at 108 proof, only 1738 bottles have been made available for their 2020 release. For the aging of this release barrels made from special Chinquapin (Quercus muehlenbergii) wood that has been naturally air dried for over 3 years were used as part of the overall blend.
Appearance:
The color has a hint of red to the tint I associate with varnished wood.
Nose:
Butterscotch candy and orange peel are the first notes that hit me. As I dove deeper, I found the rich scent of raisin and dried plum came forth along with a hint of oak and old leather.
Palate:
and can be a special option for any collector, let alone someone who likes to have an easy drinking bourbon on hand for special occasions. Bomberger’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2020) (image via John Dover/The Whiskey Wash) Tasting Notes: Bomberger’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2020) Vital Stats: Bottled at 108 proof, only 1738 bottles have been made available for their 2020 release. For the aging of this release barrels made from special Chinquapin (Quercus muehlenbergii) wood that has been naturally air dried for over 3 years were used as part of the overall blend. Appearance: The color has a hint of red to the tint I associate with varnished wood. Nose: Butterscotch candy and orange peel are the first notes that hit me. As I dove deeper, I found the rich scent of raisin and dried plum came forth along with a hint of oak and old leather. Palate: Orange and clove hit first when I took my first taste. A prickly heat that did not overwhelm or stay too long accompanied these flavors. Next came the sugary taste of cinnamon candy along with baking spices like clove and nutmeg. There was a light maltiness as well as a subtle note of molasses. Ice brought out the buttery nature but the flavors stay vibrant with the slight dilution. prefers. Sending User Review 3.75 (8 votes) Buy A Bottle Share: XFacebookLinkedInEmail Drinks Aizome Island – Tropical Style Minor Cobbler Strawberry Rhubarb Julep Crimson & Clover Club Wynken, Blynken, & Nog Related Articles Whiskey Review: Wheel Horse Cigar Blend Bourbon Editor’s Note: The Whiskey Wash… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Wheel Horse Cigar Blend Bourbon Bourbon / Reviews Whiskey Review: Highline Triple Rye Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline Triple Rye Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke American Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke American Whiskey American / Reviews Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.3 Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.3 Reviews / Scotch Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old Reviews / Scotch Whiskey Review: Highline American Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline American Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Rye Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Rye Whiskey American / Reviews Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.2 Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.2 Reviews / Scotch Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Sandend Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Sandend Reviews / Scotch Whiskey Review: Highline Straight Kentucky Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline Straight Kentucky Whiskey American / Reviews John Dover As the creator and writer of “Johnny Scotch”, John Dover has built his Jazz Noir world from the music he is immersed in on a daily basis and from his travels across the US as a professional musician. John continues to build the “Johnny Scotch” library through short stories, and… More by John Dover Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Connect with on on LinkedIn About Advertise Subscribe Editorial Standards Privacy Policy Terms of Use
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Comments:
My first tasting left me feeling that this bourbon was a bit on the sweet side for me. As I dove further in, the richness and heat of the distillation came forth. I was left with the feeling that this is a bourbon I would like to have around for those chilly fall and winter evenings when you just want to sit down with a nice book and a fire. It is also a lovely bourbon to induct new drinkers into the bourbon landscape. It ticks the boxes that are necessary, even if it relies on the sweet notes more than my personal palate prefers.

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Michter’s. This in no way, per our editorial policiesinfluenced 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.

When I sit down to sip on a new bourbon, I am looking for a few things. Yes, I am looking for depth of flavor, heat, mouthfeel and all the other things that go into the experience. But I also want to taste the care, discipline, and vision that the distiller or blender and everyone involved put into each sip.

Heritage labels, many times, become a marketing ploy. A batch of bottles that were developed to invoke nostalgia or to invigorate the market. With Bomberger’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon, put out by Michter’s, their marketing is scant, but the flavor is there, ticking all the boxes for a bourbon that would make any distillery proud and will appeal to many, if not all tasters.

Bomberger’s Distillery came to life in the 1750’s and has a rich history of changing hands over the years. It was established by John and Michael Shenk for their rye whiskey distillation, and stayed in operation in some form or another until prohibition. The distillery closed down in 1989, and while the facilities themselves are defunct, their legacy and importance to the American tradition of distilling is alive and well through the sale and distribution of their heritage name brands.

The current 2020 release of Bomberger’s is produced by Michter’s as one of their limited batch releases. Much like their release of Shenk’s sour mash, this whiskey is a pleasant sleeper that will please the palate and can be a special option for any collector, let alone someone who likes to have an easy drinking bourbon on hand for special occasions.

Bomberger’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2020)
Bomberger’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2020) (image via John Dover/The Whiskey Wash)

Tasting Notes: Bomberger’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2020)

Vital Stats: Bottled at 108 proof, only 1738 bottles have been made available for their 2020 release. For the aging of this release barrels made from special Chinquapin (Quercus muehlenbergii) wood that has been naturally air dried for over 3 years were used as part of the overall blend.

Appearance: The color has a hint of red to the tint I associate with varnished wood.

Nose: Butterscotch candy and orange peel are the first notes that hit me. As I dove deeper, I found the rich scent of raisin and dried plum came forth along with a hint of oak and old leather.

Palate: Orange and clove hit first when I took my first taste. A prickly heat that did not overwhelm or stay too long accompanied these flavors. Next came the sugary taste of cinnamon candy along with baking spices like clove and nutmeg. There was a light maltiness as well as a subtle note of molasses. Ice brought out the buttery nature but the flavors stay vibrant with the slight dilution.

John Dover

As the creator and writer of “Johnny Scotch”, John Dover has built his Jazz Noir world from the music he is immersed in on a daily basis and from his travels across the US as a professional musician. John continues to build the “Johnny Scotch” library through short stories, and his comic book collaboration with Illustrator and story board artist Dan Schaefer. John’s musical world and his writing world also collide with the “Johnny Scotch Vignettes”, a series of musical pieces written by Thomas Barber, that incorporate high energy fusion with the spoken word.

John's latest releases include Johnny Scotch #4, illustrated by Dan Schaefer, and the second Johnny Scotch novella, “A Song for Charlie”. John continues to perform and teach as a clinician for Bach trumpets along with his role as the creator and writer of Johnny Scotch.

Outside of the Johnny Scotch world, John has a number of short stories in the horror genre published. You can find his works in "Tales from the Braided Pony", "Monsters 'N' Things", "100 Word Horrors", and "Carnival Tales", and the upcoming "Tenebrous Tales". John has also been a regular contributor to Mythmachine.com as an entertainment writer.

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