Old Bardstown Bourbon is part of Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (better known as Willett) brand portfolio.
Willet Distillery resumed distillation in 2012 and until recent releases the juice for Old Bardstown brand was sourced from unknown Kentucky distillery. This time the label states clearly that bourbon was ‘Distilled and Bottled by the Willett Distillery’. The brand name pays homage to a racehorse from the 1950s named after the city of Bardstown. According to Willett’s website in 31 career starts Bardstown had 18 first place finishes, 7 second place finishes and 1 third place finish. The bay gelding had total earnings of $628,725, a significant amount of money for the 1950s. The newest expression of Old Bardstown is bottled at 90 US Proof (45% abv).
Nose: vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, baked apples, prunes, hints of pepper and nutmeg and little oak.
Palate: soft, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, honey, cornflakes, raisins, prunes, hints of nutmeg and allspice and delicate oaky notes.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, caramel and mixed spice.