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15 Stars Timeless Reserve Bourbon

CAPSULE REVIEW

Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: 15 Stars

Distillery: Sourced from an undisclosed distillery(ies) in Kentucky

Release Date: April 2022

Proof: 103

Age: 14 Years

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Bronze

MSRP: $280 (2022)

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NOSE

Brown sugar | Aged oak | Dried cherries | Light malt | Bundt cake | Touch of molasses | Whiff of dried tobacco leaves | Rich & inviting

palate

Dry charred oak | Bold cinnamon spice | Rye spice | Light baking spice | Cherry syrup |  Dry leather | Nice mouthfeel | Spice heavy

finish

Heavy spice | Dried cherry | Dry leather | Hint of vanilla | Aged dry oak | Bold heat | Lingering

uniqueness
value
overall

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.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Jordan

August 9, 2022
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