Review: Pure Kentucky XO Bourbon

Review: Pure Kentucky XO Bourbon

pure-kentucky-xo-whiskey-bourbonWith 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.


Pure Kentucky XO Bourbon




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Sku on January 12, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Interesting review. I’ve never tried this one. One quibble with the word “producer” as KBD, despite it’s name, is a respected independent bottler which doesn’t distill but bottles other company’s distillates.

    Also, throwing an XO on Bourbon is sort of silly and pretentious as the term has no meaning in the whiskey context.

    By the way, I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and your reviews are very good quality. Keep up the good work!


  2. Christopher Null on January 12, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Sku – Good point re: “producer.” This is what happens when you try to be coherent after drinking wine and whiskey late into the night after a five day trip to Vegas.

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