Bardstown Bourbon Co. Fusion Series #9 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
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Bardstown Bourbon Co. Fusion Series #9 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)

$159. 99
$1919.88 Dozen
ABV: 48.4%

Originally blending sourced whiskeys, the Bardstown Bourbon Co. has been releasing small amounts of its own Bourbon under the Fusion Series label since 2019. Essentially, these are sourced whiskeys married with increasing amounts of their own stocks across nine different editions. The Fusion Series culminated in 2022 when it was discontinued, giving way to the distillery's own output under the Origin Series label. A small parcel of the final edition has made it to Australia and we received a small sample. The whiskey's sweetish nose is contrasted by a slightly drier-rye feel to the delivery, akin to eating dark rye bread, but with a buttery topping to help you chew through it. In this case, the oiliness of the spirit combined with a dollop of vanilla serve the same effect. Delicate mint adds a final rye flourish before wood tannins narrow down the finish. Stylish.  48.4% Alc./Vol.  

Other reviews... Very high rye personality but just never seems to get the balance right. That said, intermittently a pretty delicious experience when the rye does get a clear run. 89 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2024

...The Fusion Series swan song, billed as their “favorite creation to date,” features a similar mix of sourced 12-year-old Kentucky (30%) and house-distilled bourbon with the BBCo. portion comprising a four grain mashbill paired with a rye bourbon, again both four years old. Fittingly, the nose on this one is the most mature I’ve yet encountered; less bright and fruity, more sultry and wood-driven. That’s not to say it’s oaky in the least. In fact, it’s surprisingly gentle with airy layers of torched sugar, Andes Mints, and pecan pie. The palate is approachable and well-balanced with an early, warming baking spice that carries across the sip, enhanced by notes of rich caramel sauce, milk chocolate fudge, RedHots, and buttery snickerdoodles. The finish is lush with a black pepper spice and slowly fading notes of dark cherry, tobacco, and cola. A fitting sendoff for an impressive series. 96.8 proof -