Johnny Drum Private Stock

Johnny Drum Private Stock

(0.75l, 50.5%)

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One of the hidden gems of the Willett Distillery, Johnny Drum Private Stock Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey deserves a dram of your time.
The Willett Family has a long Whiskey-making history stretching batch into the 1700s. The family has been in and out of the distillery business for well over two-hundred years. In 1936 John David Willett formed an independent bottling business called the Willett Distilling Company. Now known as Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, they produce a tidy range of premium American Whiskeys. And all the core Spirits flows from their newly renovated distillery — opened in 2012. They deliver no fewer than sixteen brands and an untold number of bottlings and releases.
Johnny Drum Bourbons can be hard to come by because — even though it comes from Willett — it is a small-batch label and there are just not that many bottles around to be had. Johnny Drum Private Stock Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is the top of the range, being the oldest and highest proof of the line. It’s now a non-age-statement dram, but previous versions were fifteen or so years old. And it’s bottled at 50.5% ABV, so there is plenty of power to go around — most of us will take it on the rocks or with a splash which really opens up the flavors and aromas. It took the Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
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Legend has it that “Johnny Drum” was a drummer-boy for the Confederacy during the US Civil War. Afterward, he returned to farming in his native Kentucky and took to distilling as a way to maximize his corn harvest.
  • Category
  • Style
    Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
  • Country
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co
  • Age
    15 Year Old

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Corn Whiskey is a commercial product that must contain at least 80% corn, be distilled at less than 80% ABV (160 proof) and if wood-aged, may be aged in either used or new un-charred barrels.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Garnet

Nose / Aroma / Smell
We recommend sipping it with a splash of water which opens up the Whiskey very nicely with aromas of apricots, candied apples, and mixed wood.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
It’s surprisingly sweet on the tongue with notes of orange marmalade, toasted oak, shortbread biscuits, caramel, and Wine tannin.

The finish is medium length and dry with a dose of cinnamon.
Ratings & Reviews
Too spicy for my taste
Honey, brown sugar, wheat, and subtle peanuts. On the finish is a whisper of spice with a creeping long tail, but is surprisingly smooth. According to the bottle’s label, Johnny Drum served as a drummer boy in the year 1861 during the Confederate (Civil) War. At the end of the war, legend has it Johnny returned home to his native Kentucky, where he staked claim among a beautiful spring. Johnny learned the importance of finding a way to convert his excess corn crop into a profitable item, rather than allowing it to go to waste. As the story goes, it wasn’t long before Johnny’s determination produced an exceptional bourbon whiskey. Today, Johnny Drum is bottled in three forms (though only two are reflected on Willett’s website as of this writing) - Johnny Drum Private Stock, Johnny Drum Black Label, and Johnny Drum Green Label (not reflected). Owned by Willett, but bottled under the Johnny Drum Distilling Company name, it is a sourced bourbon of undisclosed origin.
Just fantastic. Will order again for sure
Unique flavor. Good whiskey.
Very easy sip. Haven't tried with water yet.
It's a sour patch kid if you also played a uno 'reverse' card on your own mouth.
One of my favorite bourbons at this price point. Willet seems to kill it with everything they make
Nose: Buttered pecans, spice & warmth. Palate: Caramel, brown sugar, tobacco, red apple, bing cherry spice, warm finish.
Great daily drinker for the price. Sweet with lots of flavor.
One of my go-to daily drinkers. Love this bourbon.
Maple, oak, slightly woody with a hint of orange. Very sweet but I enjoy sweeter bourbons. Definitely could be a daily drinker as maple is profound and fantastic
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