KO Distilling Distiller’s Select Bottled in Bond Bourbon

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Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: KO Distilling

Distillery: KO Distilling

Release Date: November 2020/Ongoing

Proof: 100

Age: 4 Years

Mashbill: 70% Corn, 20% Wheat, 10% Malted Barley

Color: Dark Gold

MSRP: $70 (2021)

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Cornbread | Orange rind | Cream soda | Grass | Light barrel char


Vanilla | Caramel | Cola | Light grain | Nicely balanced


Cocoa powder | Barrel char | Light grain | Slight spice | Flirty dryness


KO Distilling was founded in 2013 by Bill Karlson (K) and John O’Mara (O). In 2015, the distillery opened their doors in Manassas, Virginia with their first aged whiskey hitting the market in 2016. Four years later, the company now has a Bottled in Bond bourbon ready for market. The extra time in the barrel shows ample improvement over the younger 2 year version we reviewed. The majority of the overpowering youth notes are replaced with more potent vanilla, cola, and barrel char notes. Complexity is not on display here, but its straightforward flavor profile is compelling nevertheless. The bourbon’s 20% wheated mashbill can be tasted throughout, and together with some youthful notes, adds some extra spring to its step. A bit pricey, but it’s a solid pour overall.

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: Eric

March 1, 2021
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