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This bundle acquaints you with three primo examples of Kentucky’s finest. We’re tawking about Bourbon, of course, sonny boy. Sure, Bourbon can be produced anywhere in the United States but it has strong ties to the state of Kentucky and the South in general. After all, it was named after an area of Kentucky that’s called Bourbon County today. The contenders all meet the strict Bourbon criteria, including containing more than 50% corn, which generally makes them sweeter than other Whiskeys. Let’s meet the tasty representatives of the Bluegrass State, shall we?
Basil Hayden has been around since the State of Kentucky was four years old and George Washington was the first president of the United States. A while, then. Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey is crafted from more than 50% corn — as Bourbons are — and a balanced mix of barley and rye. It has a slightly higher rye percentage, which gives it a distinctively smooth character. It’s aged in American oak and clocks in at a lovely 40% ABV.
Knob Creek Patiently Aged Kentucky Straight Bourbon is the core offering of this small-batch brand that was launched in 1992. It’s what we’d call a perfect daily sipper and it’s especially tasty in Bourbon-forward cocktails. Bottled at exactly 50% ABV, this one comes with a kick and the palate is strong and rich yet smooth.
Founded in 1888, Four Roses is a famous Bourbon veteran. It’s also the favorite drink of detective Philip Marlowe. For around 50 years, Four Roses Bourbon wasn’t produced because the brand focused on blended Whiskeys; that is until 2002 when the highly sought-after liquid re-emerged in all its glory. In 2019, Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon even won the prestigious Flaviar Community Award.
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Deep and complex with notes of dried spice, pear, cocoa, vanilla, and maple syrup.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Smooth and fruity with hints of ripe plum and cherries.
Lingering and smooth.