Review: Blue Run Reflection I Bourbon

Review: Blue Run Reflection I Bourbon

Blue Run‘s second release of the year is another contract-distilled product with Jim Rutledge as “liquid advisor” on the project.

Blue Run “Reflection I” Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a small-batch whiskey which Rutledge distilled at Castle & Key Distillery in 2018.  Just 200 carefully selected barrels were chosen for this bottling, each toasted to a #3 or #4 char and aged in Frankfort and Bardstown, KY.

The whiskey hits the nose a bit on the hot side, a big barrel char punch backed up with lots of roasted peanut and a smattering of spice box. There’s youth here, masked to some degree by the slightly raw alcohol character. No major changes arrive on the palate: Peanut is even more dominant here, though brighter notes of cherry and a pastry dough element give the bourbon a kind of cherry pie character later in the game. It’s a mild effect, however, as the youth of peanut butter and caramel corn ultimately steal the show, lingering for ages on the long, warming finish.

Quite pricey for its complexion.

95 proof.

B / $90

Blue Run Reflection I Kentucky Straight 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.

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