Classification: Blend of Bourbons Finished in Cognac, Madeira, Sherry, Port, Secondary American White Oak, and Vino De Naranja
Company: B.R. Distilling Company
Distillery: Sourced from undisclosed distilleries in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana
Release Date: Summer 2023
Age: Blend of whiskeys aged 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, and 19 years
- 17% Cognac Finish | 19 Years | Distilled in TN | 84% Corn, 8% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
- 12% Madeira Finish | 5 Years | Distilled in KY | 70% Corn, 21% Rye, 9% Malted Barley
- 15% Sherry Finish | 12 Years | Distilled in TN | 70% Corn, 22% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
- 19% Port Finish | 11 Years | Distilled in TN | 84% Corn, 8% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
- 3% Secondary American White Oak Finish | 17 Years | Distilled in TN | 84% Corn, 8% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
- 17% Vino De Naranja Finish | 4 Years | Distilled in KY | 70% Corn, 21% Rye, 9% Malted Barley
- 17% Straight Bourbon Whiskey | 4 Years | Distilled in KY | 70% Corn, 21% Rye, 9% Malted Barley
Color: Dark Gold
MSRP: $225 (2023)
Black pepper | Cinnamon | Nutmeg | Seasoned oak | Vanilla | Toasted marshmallow
Astringent aged oak | Dark cherry | Touch of raspberry | Black currants | Allspice | Leather | Cigar box | Rich
Rush of peppery spice | Charred oak | Aged leather | Butterscotch | Butterfinger candy bar | Transitions towards dry oak on the backend
A very tasty whiskey, but not as unique tasting as the overall blend suggests.
Blue Note Bourbon is located in Memphis, Tennessee, and currently sources much of their whiskey from Green River Distilling. For this limited release, Blue Note expanded their reach to create a combination of six finished bourbons and one straight bourbon originating from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. The whiskeys range in age from 4 to 19 years and the finishing combination is wild.
Considering the range of ages and more notably the range of finishes, I expected a rush of unusual flavors. Instead, the whiskey is very cohesive, and surprisingly balanced. The flavor profile gives hints of originating from a unique blend ranging in finishes and ages, with dark fruits, aged oak, a healthy mix of spice, and even Butterfinger candy bar in the finish. It’s complex, but never gives away any of the individual whiskeys that make up the blend. I have to give Blue Note huge credit for piecing together such a range of components so cohesively. But at the same time, the whiskey is less unique tasting overall than I anticipated. In the end the whiskey speaks for itself. It's an interesting concept, and a really well done whiskey overall.