Review: Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series: Amrut

Review: Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series: Amrut

Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s Collaborative Series has been a consistently impressive line from the innovative Kentucky whiskey-makers (with last fall’s Bourbon County being the rare exception). Now, they are out with perhaps their most ambitious offering yet in partnership with pioneering Indian distiller, Amrut. This latest sees straight, unfinished bourbon blended with rye whiskey that has been finished for 18 months in casks that previously held peated and unpeated Amrut single malt. It’s one of the more elaborate Collaborative releases to date, so you can reference BBCo.’s handy diagram below for more details.

Amrut introduced the world to Indian single malt two decades ago, paving the way for several other notable Indian whisky-makers and proving to the world that the heat and humidity of South Asia could produce impressively mature whiskies at comparatively young ages. I’ll admit the composition of this blend is pretty fascinating. One wonders what the rye and bourbon components may have tasted like on their own. Or the rye from peated vs. unpeated casks. In the end, however, we’re meant to trust that Bardstown Bourbon Co. created something greater than the sum of its parts.

And they certainly have. The aroma is thick with brown sugar, Oolong tea, and dark fruits, all tied together with a subtle lacing of cigar smoke. As it opens in the glass, the fruit notes build with tart cherry and blood orange adding a bright, fresh dimension. The palate is juicy with those same fruits carrying over now a little more concentrated and cooked down but still retaining the same freshness and vitality. Notes of well-baked cherry pie, grilled peaches, and flamed orange peel give way to dark butterscotch and chocolate-covered toffee. Rye spice builds across the sip, adding warming notes of candied ginger and clove. The Amrut aging, while offering early hints of smoke from the peated casks, doesn’t really show itself until the finish with round, soothing notes of toasted malt and molasses. A fantastic whiskey. One of the most interesting yet from BBCo., rivaling last year’s exceptional Foursquare collaboration.

110 proof.

A / $160

Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series: Amrut




Drew Beard is assistant editor for Drinkhacker and winner of several booze-related merit badges, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. A former federal employee turned hotelier and spirits journalist, he looks forward to his next midlife crisis.

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