Classification: Bourbon with Natural Flavors
Company: Sazerac Company, Inc
Distillery: Barton 1792 Distillery
Release Date: Ongoing
Mashbill: Blend of 51% Bourbon (undisclosed mashbill) and 49% Grain Neutral Spirits
Color: Light Yellow Gold
MSRP: $9 (2022)
Light vanilla wafer | Banana | Light oak | Artificial in composition
Wet oak | Light vanilla | Artificial spice | Light & watery
Light vanilla | Light oak | Bigger than expected spice | Lingering artificial taste
Despite an attractive low price, concessions were made in the creation of this bourbon.
Kentucky Gentleman is a classic staple of the bottom shelf in liquor stores, along with well slots and college bars alike. While it used to be a straight bourbon in the mix, a company representative stated that Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon “does not meet the requirements to be labeled Straight.” This whiskey is now a combination of 51% bourbon mixed with 49% grain neutral spirits. If you’re expecting Kentucky Gentleman to bring with it a flavor profile comparable to your favorite bourbon, you’re in for a surprise. The sip itself is light in nature and more poignantly, artificial in nature. Exactly how it sounds, it tastes like watered down bourbon with something else added to it. This isn’t a sipping whiskey, instead it’s one that you drink or mix due to its price point. It doesn’t offer a totally offensive sip, but what it does provide is certainly beyond lacking. The good news is that for less than the price of a cocktail at a bar, you can try a bottle to try and not feel guilty if you dislike it and shove it to the back of your liquor cabinet.