King of Kentucky 14 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2018 Release)


King of Kentucky // Kentucky, USA


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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.

  • age
    14 Year
  • Cost
  • abv
  • Bourbon
    Produced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
  • Cask Type
    new, charred American oak

Tasting Notes

"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."

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