Bourbon By Nino Marchetti / June 22, 2020 Sam Houston Bourbon Whiskey, produced by Bardstown Bourbon Company for Western Spirits Beverage Company, made a bit of buzz for itself when a 12 year old version of it was released out of Kentucky last year. Western Spirits is now back with another version of it, this time slightly older.The latest Sam Houston, according to those behind it, takes the form of a 14 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. It was crafted, it is said by the brand, “from specific barrels in a private reserve of premium bourbon. The barrels were sampled, ranked, and then combined in extremely small, 3-barrel batches for each particular state.Sam Houston Bourbon 14 Years Old (image via Western Spirits Beverage Company)“The batches were non-chill filtered, adding depth of character and color.”“No two batches are the same, yet each bottle is a testament to consistency, showcasing the care and craft utilized in creating this limited and rare bourbon,” noted Western Spirits in a prepared statement.As it stands now plans call for this version of Sam Houston Bourbon Whiskey, bottled at 98 proof and priced at around $120 per 750 ml bottle, to be made available in Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia, Maryland, and Washington DC.You’ll find official tasting notes for this bourbon below. It should be noted as well, for those that don’t know, that Sam Houston was said to be “well-respected as one of the great political men of his day, serving as a congressman, the president of the Republic of Texas, and the governor of two states – Texas and Tennessee.”Color: Deep amber, with cloudy shadows of blackened red are cut with dancing highlights of yellow and copper.Nose: Heavy notes of oak and toasted wood char present upfront, followed by subtle unfolding of a nutty base and finite floral sweetness.Taste: A pronounced rye spiciness flows into a detailed offering of warm molasses, leather and black pepper. Toasted grains, corn and dark fruit are present and momentarily rest on the palate.Finish: The finish is long and well balanced. Traditional warming sensations capture a blend of lively oak notes and a peat-like earthiness. Toffee and rye linger as the flavors fade away.