Cream of Kentucky 12.3 Year Old
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery J.W Rutledge
  • Age 12.3
  • Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 51%*
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • oak
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • caramel
  • corn
  • toffee
  • spicy
  • cake
  • sugar

Cream of Kentucky

12.3 Year Old (0.7l, 51%*) *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary

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There’s a reason Jim Rutledge is a Bourbon legend, and Cream of Kentucky 12.3 Year Old is one of the reasons.

Whiskey legend Jim Rutledge has had a storied career. He is famous for rescuing Four Roses from bottom-shelf oblivion by bringing quality and integrity back to the brand after Diageo sold it to Kirin. Well, Jim “retired” a few years ago, but he had been hinting on a few private projects that he was working on. Word began to spread late last year when eagle-eyed fans spotted his application for label approval at the US Treasury office (responsible for liquor taxation). Soon after in 2018, his J. W. Rutledge Distillery website went live and he has launched a trio of products so far: High Plains Whiskey, J. W. Rutledge Whiskey, and a revitalization of the famous Cream of Kentucky brand. His own distillery in Crestwood is breaking ground this year and we’re rooting for him.

The Cream of Kentucky brand was first launched in 1888 by I. Trager & Co. in Ohio. It came and went and came again during Prohibition and was the victim of mergers and acquisition until Jim Rutledge got ahold of it — and Bourbon lovers everywhere are happy he did. 
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery J.W Rutledge
  • Age 12.3
  • Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 51%*
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Brilliant Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Creamy caramel and toffee notes dominate the nose, followed by the scent of warm spice cake.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The rich flavor profile builds upon the classic aromas with more warm oak, vanilla, cinnamon, and caramel corn.

Finish
The finish is long, rich, and smooth.
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  • oak
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • caramel
  • corn
  • toffee
  • spicy
  • cake
  • sugar
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Character Dogson
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Bourbon must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Bourbon must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.
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