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High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Bourbon




Whiskey Review: High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Tasting Notes:

A Kentucky bourbon aged at least five years after being distilled from a mash bill of 51% corn, 39% rye, and 10% malted barley in a sweet mash style. Bottled at 52% ABV and priced at $80.
It is a nice proto-typical amber in glass, reflecting a good barrel maturation cycle. The legs and viscosity in glass are well represented.
Despite the rye presence in the mash bill, this bourbon’s nose presents sweet aromatics upon first engagement with it. Some yummy caramel and vanilla lead-in notes are supported by a subtle nod of that spice one expects, some oak, and a little bubble gum.
The palate presents a more balanced and traditional high rye style, offering some nice baking spice on the front, supported by a little bit of vanilla and that caramel kick. Playing alongside it is a bit of baked bread, that always-present oak, and a nice subtle backdrop of a honey kiss.
The finish is moderate and holds well, offering more spice than sweetness as it fades off.
High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is not a bad bourbon under the hood, carrying some good aromatics, a solid palate, and a respectable finish. It isn’t an American whiskey that rocks it out of the park, but you wouldn’t want to pass up having a bottle or two either for when friends come over looking for something easy to sip.
High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Bourbon review
We review High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Bourbon, aged at least five years after being distilled from a mash bill of 51% corn, 39% rye, and 10% malted barley in a sweet mash style. (image via High n’ Wicked)

Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whiskey from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies, this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

High n’ Wicked is one of the myriad of brands scattered across the United States attempting to do something rather unique to stand out in the crowd. In this case, they are an importer and specialty bottler across the whiskey spectrum founded in 2019 by two former Brown-Forman senior executives, W. L. Lyons Brown, III, and Kevin E. Sachs.

High n’ Wicked produces two flagship offerings–a straight bourbon whiskey and a straight rye whiskey–which are regularly available in 41 U.S. states and online. In addition to these, the brand also offers limited-production small production offerings of each flagship expression annually, including cask strength, single barrel, and double wood finishes. This is alongside more one-off bottlings drawn from both domestic and international sources.

What’s in the bottle

The focus of this review is the flagship High n’ Wicked Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This expression is created entirely in Kentucky, being distilled through a 36” diameter Vendome copper column still and doubler from a mash bill of 51% corn, 39% rye, and 10% malted barley in a sweet mash style. The bourbon is then aged for a minimum of 5 years, in seasoned, medium toast new #4 Char American White Oak Barrels.

Bottled at 52% ABV (104 proof), it is priced at $80.

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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