Classification: Straight Bourbon Finished in Chateau De Laubade Armagnac Barrels
Company: Bardstown Bourbon Company
Distillery: Sourced from undisclosed distilleries in Kentucky and Tennessee
Release Date: September 2022
Age: Blend of 10 and 12 year straight bourbons finished in Armagnac barrels for an additional 16 months
Mashbill: Blend of 4 mashbills:
-66% 12 year old Kentucky bourbon: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
-17% 10 year old Tennessee bourbon: 84% Corn, 8% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
Color: Bright Bronze
MSRP: $160 (2022)
Heavily toasted oak | Cinnamon powder | Ground nutmeg | Baking spices | Dry pie crust | Leather | Brown sugar | Slight ethanol heat | Armagnac influence is evident
Peaches and cream | Bold rye spice | Sweet vanilla cream | Hint of cinnamon bread | Aged oak | Nice creamy mouthfeel | Creamy sweet notes try to keep the spice at bay
Rich cinnamon syrup | Light rye spice | Rich aged oak | Fleeting brown sugar | Simmering heat lingers | Delicious way to close out the sip
With their latest limited edition release finished in Château De Laubade Armagnac barrels, Bardstown Bourbon company once again flexes their blending skills.
As seasoned whiskey lovers continue to explore their love for spirits, Armagnac has had a lot of focus put on it over the last few years. Armagnac is a type of French brandy produced in the Armagnac region in Gascony, southwest France. Often people are attracted to it for its ability to taste like well aged whiskey. As I’ve continued to explore the spirit category more in-depth, I was excited to see Bardstown once again use Château De Laubade Armagnac barrels for their latest limited release. In their press release, Bardstown states that the 2022 Château de Laubade Armagnac release includes a blend of 12-year-old Kentucky and 10-year-old Tennessee bourbon, finished in Laubade Armagnac casks for 16 months. Their first release featured a 12-year-old Indiana bourbon finished in Armagnac barrels for 18 months.
The time that this Bardstown blend spent in the Château De Laubade Armagnac barrels is quite evident, as the sip carries a refined aged oak note that balances well with sweet and spicy flavors throughout. The sip tends to ramp up in flavor with the nose being adequate but not at the same level as the palate, and especially the finish, which is the star of the show thanks to its rich notes of sweet and spice along with a nice aged oak component. Bardstown Château De Laubade contains a nice amount of spice that will appeal to rye lovers, however, its sweeter notes do a good job of keeping the overall sip in check, maintaining appeal to bourbon lovers as well. There is little doubt that its price is high, but, if you’re a lover of Armagnac or just a lover of really good blended bourbon that is barrel finished, Bardstown Château De Laubade is worth the price of admission.