Bardstown Bourbon Co. is kicking off 2022 with what else, their bi-annual Fusion and Discovery Series releases which now number six in total. This bourbon duo impressed us at launch back in 2019, and while the Discovery Series release has remained consistently top notch, the Fusion Series struggled a bit in 2021. Let’s see how the latest offerings stack up.
Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #6 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – This bottling first became predominantly BBCo.’s in-house whiskey with the previous release, and presumably it will continue that way going forward. The blend proportions are the same as Fusion #5, with the sourced component again being an 11-year-old Kentucky rye bourbon. In fact, all the mashbills used for this release are rye bourbons. Finer details, should you want them, can be found on the website. On the nose, that brighter lemon note remains, but things show more cohesion than past releases with less cereal and unusual fruit notes and more classic brown sugar and baking spice. The palate has also found more solid footing with an unctuous body showcasing expressive oak-driven spice and notes of toasty barrel char, Honey Maid graham cracker, maple frosting, and roasted nuts. The finish is long and silky with rich demerara syrup, candied orange peel, and cocktail cherry. A welcome return to original form. 97.9 proof. A- / $60 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Series #6 Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Most prior Discovery Series releases have relied almost entirely on a blend of Kentucky-sourced bourbons, and while the Kentucky component remains the majority for this latest release, well-aged Indiana- and really well aged (17 years old) Tennessee-sourced bourbon rounds out the remainder. The nose has tremendous depth with lots of that old whiskey showing through. Sultry notes of cigar box, worn leather, split vanilla bean, and brandied cherries invite excessive inhalation. The palate is rich and vibrant with ripe, oily citrus, pie spice, and a bit of lavender. The oak is well-balanced, offering just the slightest astringency on an otherwise lush and lingering finish accented with notes of dark caramel sauce, cocktail cherry, and fudgy brownies. 111.1 proof. A / $130 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]