Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Bardstown Bourbon Company
Distillery: Bardstown Bourbon Company and sourced from an undisclosed Kentucky distillery
Release Date: September 2022
Age: Blend of two 4 year and one 12 year old straight bourbons
48% 4 Year Bardstown Bourbon Co.: 75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Malted Barley
22% 4 Year Bardstown Bourbon Co: 60% Corn, 26% Rye, 10% Wheat, 4% Malted Barley
30% 12 Year Kentucky Bourbon: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
Color: Yellow Gold
MSRP: $65 (2022)
Rye spice | Baked pie crust | Fresh wheat rolls | Baking spice | Hint of aged oak
Caramel | Light rye spice | White peppercorn | Subtle oak | Hint of nutmeg | Touch of cinnamon spice
Dry oak | Leather | Rye spice | Hint of sweetness | Subtle lingering heat
The final release in the Fusion Series, Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion Series #9 is a nicely integrated bourbon that leaves you wishing it had just a bit more oomph to it.
Hot on the heels of Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion Series #8 release, comes their Fusion Series #9 release which is the last release in the series. According to Bardstown Bourbon Company, “The Fusion Series celebrates the blending of newer and older bourbons to create something unique. The younger spirits are 100% our own product mellowed with hand-selected, supremely aged bourbon that beautifully complements our specific recipes. As we grow, our bourbon ages — a difference you can taste with each Fusion release.”
Fusion Series #9 is a nicely blended bourbon that just seems to be lacking some oomph. It opens with a nose full of rye spice and bakery scents. The palate and finish are nicely balanced showcasing more traditional bourbon flavors, however, they’re subtle, especially when it comes to the finish. Fusion Series #9’s highlight is how well it is integrated and Bardstown seems to be honing their skills more and more with each subsequent release.. In the end, it’s an above average bourbon from Bardstown Bourbon Company that reminds you that even when lacking oomph, they’re still a respected leader when it comes to blending.