Cream of Kentucky 13 Year Old

Cream of Kentucky 13 Year Old

(0.75l, 51%)

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A brilliant thirteen year-old Straight Kentucky Bourbon from a living master of the genre.

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 in late 2018 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 broke ground in 2019 and we’re rooting for him.

Jim Rutledge’s Whiskey expertise is unquestioned. And he has been carefully managing the Cream of Kentucky brand because he knows that his reputation is everything and with every bottle that reputation is on the line. And you can see that attention to every detail in the oddly precise age statements that he has applied so far. So, when the Cream of Kentucky 13 bottle says thirteen years, you can bank on it. This is a sourced Spirit (stills are still being installed at Rutledge), but it is sourced exceptionally well. The distillery and mash bill are kept secret, but the palate hints at corn in the 70% - 75% range, malted barley in the 8% - 10% range, and rye making up the balance. And it is served plenty strong at 51% ABV.

Smartass Corner:
Back during the day, the famous American artist Normal Rockwell painted ads for the Cream of Kentucky brand.
  • Category
  • Style
    Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    J.W. Rutledge
  • Age
    13 Year Old

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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.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Even the aroma is smooth with layered notes of english toffee, warm spices, peach cobbler, and a dash of mint.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The oak is more present on the tongue with notes of pecan praline, sweet cornbread, apricot, and cinnamon.

The finish is long and coating with a deep warmth.
Ratings & Reviews
Price aside, I thought this was outstanding! I sampled it a few times before my review. Each time, I noticed zero ethanol on the nose. Absolutely smooth. Nice praline and candied pecan notes, caramel, a non-overpowering oakyness, and a subtle spice to balance things out. I really likely the lack of spice in this. It has a slight warm finish which was not that long, but by no means was this hot. Smell is beautiful. I’m so excited about this purchase! No regrets. Though, never in a million years would I condone this price gouging. This bottle is NOT worth $286. If I were a millionaire, I wouldn’t pay more than MSRP which is $129. There are plenty of great bourbons out there for half the price. But if all whiskey were free, 8.5 for this one.
I am replying to my own review...just had another glass. This is so amazing. I DO NOT regret my purchase! I would buy this again. Wow. I almost want to hide this so I do not have to share!
Ridiculously good.
Can't give it a star. At that price, I'll never get to try it. That goes for anything over $100.
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