Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Blue Run Spirits, LLC
Distillery: Castle & Key Distillery
Release Date: April 2022
Age: NAS (Aged at least 4 years based on label requirements set by TTB)
MSRP: $100 (2022)
Apricot | Fresh flowers | Honey | French toast | Seasoned oak
Marmalade | Cinnamon | Fried dough | Burnt oak | Sweet, but not overly so
Rye spice | Marzipan | Spicy dry leather | Layered oak | Medium length
Blue Run Reflection 1 is meant to be a reflection of the last few turbulent years. As with any reflection, it is a time to process what has occurred, but also to pinpoint what matters the most. It’s a practice many can appreciate and tying it in with a sipping bourbon makes a whole lot of sense.
Blue Run Reflection 1 is a gentle and subtle sipping bourbon, a characteristic the company has made a name for themselves on. They’ve proven their ability to blend, and it certainly doesn't hurt to have ex-Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge working for them now.
Reflection 1 opens with an enjoyable nose thanks to its apricot, fresh flowers, honey, and french toast scents. It smells like spring in a glass and is a refreshing start to the whiskey. The palate follows with swirls of delicious marmalade, cinnamon, and fried dough. Though sweet, the palate never goes overboard with it. The finish is contrastingly spicy, throwing heavy amounts of rye spice and marzipan before introducing spicy leather. This whiskey benefits the most from slow sipping and reflection, much like its name implies. As a whole, it doesn’t quite come together, but if you take the time to access each part of it individually, you'll find something to appreciate.