With its big, fat bottle and giant picture of Kentucky on the label, Pure Kentucky doesn’t look from a distance like anything you’d slap an “XO” label on, even as a joke.
But this is real, serious bourbon, a whiskey that sweet tooths will love and other bourbon fans can also enjoy.
Aged 10 years and bottled at 107 proof, the immediate hit is sugar and honey — and even more so if you add a touch of water. Things get more complicated as you linger over the glass, with woodsy, cedar/evergreen notes coming out and some bitterness developing in the finish. That’s not a heavy critique, but those expecting a sugar bomb will come away surprised… possibly pleasantly, possibly not.
Interesting to try as a step away from the beaten path. From the same producers as Rowan’s Creek.
B+ / $39 / kentuckybourbonwhiskey.com