Bardstown Origin Series Rye


Classification: Straight Rye Finished in Toasted Cherry Wood & Oak Barrels

Company: Bardstown Bourbon Company

Distillery: Bardstown Bourbon Company

Release Date: January 2023

Proof: 96

Age: 5 Years, 8 Months

Mashbill: 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley

Color: Bronze

MSRP: $70 (2023)

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Nougat | Marzipan | Aged oak | Barrel char | Rye spice | Leather | Sweet aromas interlaced with more grounded notes


Rye grain | Charred oak | Leather | Baking chocolate | Mexican chocolate | Dried fig | Light Bing cherries


Bold rye spice | Lightly dried oak | Mexican chocolate | Dabs of leather | Lingering heat


Full of rich flavors, Bardstown Origin Series Rye puts its own spin on the classic 95/5 rye mashbill.

For the first time since opening its facilities, Bardstown Bourbon Company finally has its own in-house distilled rye. To create their new rye, the company states that Origin Rye is finished in custom barrels consisting of alternating toasted American oak and toasted cherry wood staves. More information can be found in the company’s press release.

While 95/5 rye whiskeys are well known thanks to this being the same recipe that MGP uses, Bardstown puts their own spin on this grain combination. The sip starts with a sweet nose that has touches of grounded notes woven in. Moving into the midpoint, the palate is full of rich flavors, with figs and Bing cherries combining with various chocolate notes to form the highlight. Capping things off, the finish is the least dynamic part of the sip, yet still allows the sip to end things off well. This is a solid first in-house distilled rye for Bardstown. One that delivers a rich dynamic flavor profile and should please rye drinkers who go out of their way to track one down.

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 Moskal

March 18, 2023
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