SBC #43 - Kings County Barrel Proof Bourbon “Might and Valor”

Breaking Bourbon Award Winning Single Barrel Club picks are selected by Breaking Bourbon, and whenever possible with the help of Patreon supporters. The bottles are made available to Patreon supporters first by pledge tier. If any bottles remain after all supporters have had an opportunity to purchase, they are made available to the public on a first come, first served basis. Each barrel is sponsored by a retailer partner, who sells the bottles directly to end purchasers.

Retailer Partner: Grain & Vine

Name: Kings County Distillery Barrel Proof Bourbon “Might and Valor”

Company: Kings County Distillery

Distillery: Kings County Distillery

Barrel #2772: “Valor”

Age: 5 Years (Fill date: 11/17/2015)

Proof: 134

Mashbill: 80% New York Corn, 20% UK Malt

Yield: 49 Bottles

Release Date: June 2021

Barrel #4252: “Might”

Age: 4 Years (Fill date: 9/3/2016)

Proof: 124.2

Mashbill: 80% New York Corn, 20% UK Malt

Yield: 55 Bottles

Release Date: June 2021

Single Barrel Club Rollout Schedule

$25 - Monday 06/14/2021 @ 2PM ET

$14 - Wednesday 06/16/2021 @ 2PM ET

$7 - Friday 06/18/2021 @ 2PM ET

$3, $2, $1 - Monday 06/21/2021 @ 2PM ET


This is our second pick with Grain & Vine which is located in Brooklyn, NY. This is also our second Kings County Distillery pick in the last 7 months and there’s a good reason for it. Our Single Barrel Club #26 “I Love NY Bourbon” was a personal favorite of ours and sold out quickly. Kings County has really been grabbing our attention lately and putting out some very high quality and unique tasting bourbon.

Just a short time ago we got together and tasted four barrels from Kings County Distillery. They were in the 4-5 year age range which is a little older than the first round we tasted last year. We were apprehensive about finding another gem like the first go-around, but were surprised to find every barrel in the group was easily as good as our first pick.

We enjoyed every barrel, but found two we really enjoyed - and each was different!

We pegged one as sweeter with more balance than our first pick, but similar. A little extra aging time might have rounded it out a bit, but just a bit. The barrel maintains the unique flavor profile we enjoyed so much from our first pick.

In contrast, we found one of the barrels from a different distillation to be super complex. At a mouth-scorching 134 proof, it offers the same gripping intensity found in a high proof George T. Stagg. While it certainly isn’t for the faint of heart, if you have a hankering for a bold bourbon that gives you a “New York hug,” this is it.

Rather than choosing just one, we put it to a vote - which of the two do we take, or do we take both? Our Patreon members voted, and decided...two barrels it is! We are nicknaming these "Might" and "Valor" and highlighting the iconic Brooklyn Bridge not too far from the distillery where they were made.

Because of the small yield for each barrel, SBC #43 includes two different single barrels. When ordering, be sure to specify which barrel you are purchasing, as noted on Grain & Vine’s product page.

Tasting Notes:

Barrel #2772: “Valor”

Nose: Orange chocolate | Cinnamon bark spice | Cinnamon roll | Apple crumble | Nicely developed

Palate: Robust spice | Sweet caramel | Tobacco leaf | Punchy oak | Nice texture

Finish: Developing sweetness | Barrel char | Slight nuttiness | Lingering spice | Long

Barrel #4252: “Might”

Nose: Gingerbread | Graham cracker | Baker’s Chocolate | Baking spice | Rich & bold

Palate: Spicy Mexican chocolate | Chipotle spice | Seasoned oak | Anise | Tongue-gripping spice on the backend

Finish: BIG spice carries into the finish | Roasted coffee beans | Dark chocolate | Starbucks espresso | Big New York hug | Long

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Please note these bottles will not be sold by Breaking Bourbon, but will be sold by retailers we partner with in order to fulfill the orders and ship the bottles directly to Patreon supporters. Breaking Bourbon will receive no compensation from our partner retailers under these agreements (with the exception of a bottle from each barrel for editorial purposes). If you represent a retailer and ship to consumers and you’re interested in partnering just let us know!

Written By: BB Team

June 13, 2021
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