Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: 15 Stars
Distillery: Sourced from an undisclosed distillery(ies) in Kentucky
Release Date: April 2022
Age: 14 Years
MSRP: $280 (2022)
Brown sugar | Aged oak | Dried cherries | Light malt | Bundt cake | Touch of molasses | Whiff of dried tobacco leaves | Rich & inviting
Dry charred oak | Bold cinnamon spice | Rye spice | Light baking spice | Cherry syrup | Dry leather | Nice mouthfeel | Spice heavy
Heavy spice | Dried cherry | Dry leather | Hint of vanilla | Aged dry oak | Bold heat | Lingering
Producing an all around delectable sip, 15 Stars Timeless Reserve Bourbon is everything you want out of a high aged Kentucky bourbon.
15 Stars was founded by the father and son duo Rick and Ricky Johnson. It’s aptly named after the fact that in 1795 Kentucky was recognized as the 15th state of the Union and was represented as the 15th star on the flag at the time. The company recognizes this heavily with the 15 star flag prominently displayed on the bottle, and the company states that the bottle topper itself is a “metal stopper inspired by the first U.S. coinage containing 15 stars, engraved by the American artisan Robert Scot.” The first release named “Timeless Reserve,” contains a mix of Kentucky straight bourbons aged at least 14 years from two different mashbills. The company uses a term called “flavor proofing” to bottle the bourbon at what they believe is the best neat drinking experience for each release. Realistically, this is just their way of saying they proofed down the whiskey to their preferred palate preference which is industry standard.
Fancy wording aside for how this bourbon was blended and proofed, the end result is an extremely well crafted high aged blend of Kentucky bourbons. From the beginning to the very end, the sip contains rich delectable flavors. A common thread of sweet, spicy, and dry notes weaves throughout, delivering a nicely balanced mouthfeel where it counts. While the eye popping $280 price tag is definitely high, those who are willing to splurge will be rewarded with an incredibly pleasing sip.
The bottle being reviewed is number 81 of 1650.