Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Bluegrass Distillers
Distillery: Bluegrass Distillers
Release Date: September 2021
Age: 4 Years
Mashbill: 75% Blue Corn, 21% Wheat, 4% Malted Barley
Color: Medium Bronze
MSRP: $50 (2021)
Pretzel dough | Sweet baking bread | Malt | Green tea | Bakery scents
Pie crust | Sweet pizza dough | Light spice & grain | Butterscotch | Creamy mouthfeel with a viscous body
Dash of spice leads, then sweet flavors pull back | Apples | Summer fruit | Apricot | Fresh & crisp | Medium length
Bluegrass Distillers is a small craft Kentucky distillery, but is generating more attention as they continue to release higher aged whiskeys. Conforming to the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, Blue Corn Bottled in Bond is a higher aged, higher proof version of Kentucky Bluegrass Distillers’ Blue Corn Bourbon.
Blue Corn Bottled in Bond Bourbon offers an interesting flavor profile that suggests a higher malt percentage than it actually is, though this could be attributed to their use of blue corn. Baking bread and a malty flavor on the nose, combined with an unusual green tea scent, make for a memorable first impression. As you move to the palate, the bourbon transitions to sweet butterscotch along with some light spice. Finally, it transitions again in the finish to a crisp, fruit-forward flavor assembly. This array of flavors, and more specifically how they transition throughout the sip, makes for an interesting experience, albeit a somewhat disjointed one. Regardless, I love the fact that Bluegrass Distillers is focusing on Bottled in Bond bourbons, and suggest this for anyone looking for a bourbon with a more unique flavor profile.