Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: 15 Stars
Distillery: Sourced from undisclosed distilleries in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee
Release Date: July 2023
Age: Blend of 10, 15, and 18 year old bourbons
Color: Dark Caramel
MSRP: $280 (2023)
Mature oak | Barrel char | Brown sugar | Maple | Leather
Baking spices | Honey | Dried raspberries | Touch of black currant
Mature oak | Leather | Spicy cinnamon | Dry oak
15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon’s big price is backed up by its big mature oak content, and the result is surprisingly satisfying for fans of old bourbon.
15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon is the company’s second entry into the premium bourbon market. Priced at $280, the bourbon’s age range is likely the key contributor to this big price as it blends together 10, 15, and 18 year old bourbons. This isn’t the first time 15 Stars has toyed with high aged bourbon, as they released the excellent 14 year old 15 Stars Timeless Reserve Bourbon and 15 Stars 7 & 15 Year Private Stock Bourbon last year.
For 15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon, I’ll go out on a limb and say they most likely sourced its 10 year old bourbon component from MGP, 15 year old bourbon component from Kentucky that has been making the rounds in products like Lucky Seven, and 18 year old bourbon component from Dickel. The result is a bourbon that tastes more familiar than not, but much like 15 Stars’ bourbons last year, their blending is key.
For fans of old tasting bourbon, 15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon will scratch that itch nicely. It’s careful not to go overboard with its mature oak content, but know upfront that it's weaved throughout its sip. There’s a noticeable lack of fruit notes on its palate. While not completely devoid of them, they are definitely put on the back burner. With a lack of overall range in flavor, the bourbon makes up for it with its nicely dialed-in oak note. There are very few bourbons released in a given year that feature a nicely developed mature oak note and this is where 15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon shines brightest. That typically comes at a cost as proven by numerous bourbons that have also offered it. 15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon isn’t going to be the most complex pour you can find in its price range, but like 15 Stars’ 2022 offerings, there’s something very satisfying about its sip.