King of Kentucky 14 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2018 Release)
King of Kentucky // Kentucky, USA
King of Kentucky is a whiskey brand first introduced in 1881. Brown-Forman acquired the brand in 1936 but retired it in 1968. Now 50 years later, they have resurrected King of Kentucky, now as a Kentucky Straight Bourbon (formerly it was a blended whiskey). The name is a reference to horse racing, "the sport of kings". It is made from their Early Times mash bill (79% corn, 11% rye, 10% malted barley) and aged in new, charred American oak for 14 years. It aged in a heat-cycled warehouse for the first 7 years and the last 7 years without. These are single barrel releases so expect to see proof ranging from 125-135. Only 960 bottles available. Expected release June 2018.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"At more than 130 proof, this first release of "King of Kentucky" is aptly named. On the palate it walks a tightrope of sweet and spicy; it's thankfully not too woody despite its age, with sweet oak vanilla coming through alongside hints of cedar and cherry. A bit numbing at full strength, a few drops of water help to bring out the depth and nuance of the spirit, mellowing its bold heat. Even then the finish is exceptionally long, with a bit of hazelnut and the lingering memory of an excellent bourbon. This is sure to be a sought-after whiskey, and it's deserving of the status."