Age: 4-8 year
Distillery: Kentucky Owl (BBC+sourced)
Nose: Green apple, caramel, cinnamon, citrus peel, ginger, apricot, corn, strawberry, leather, vanilla
Taste: Crisp/thin mouthfeel. Green apple, cinnamon, sweet caramel, leather, light musty oak, honey, orange zest, peanut brittle, corn, vanilla.
Finish: Short-medium length. A fresh punch of citrus and apple, followed up by cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of leather.
Quite a bite of nuttiness on the finish, leads me to believe there has to be some Beam or HH in here or both? Finish ends quickly with some corn, more green apple, pie crust, and vanilla.
Not a bad finish, very balanced with nothing fighting for control, but it’s not a long finish or complex.
Overall: this is what KO Confiscated should have been. Released at a $50-$60 price point and blended with stock that was meant to reflect such.
$50-$60 is still a good bit to ask from someone, but no one will be disappointed by this. If you can spend $90-$100 on 4.5 year juice with a butterfly and feel “cool” – you can buy this bottle and be happy you purchased something that signifies the start of something new for a brand as well.
This is a fine whiskey, worth the price once, maybe twice, but this won’t be someone’s daily drinker bottle. It still retains too much youth at its price point when there are other options out there. Props to KO, Stoli, and BBC for developing this, at $40-$45 this would be a killer bottle!
All in all, it just feels like Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Fusion series in a different bottle.
Value Rating: 7/10
Total Score: 6.4/10