Today we’ll be examining another Bourbon in the line of fine whiskies created by the Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. You may remember this company from a past article regarding Willett Bourbon. As I explored the history of the company in the past article, I am porting over the following from that article:
“Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon is produced by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, a company operating out of Bardstown, KY. The company was originally founded in 1935 by Lambert Willett and his sons as the Willett Distilling Company. His family began in the field of distillation when his grandfather, John David Willett, worked as the master distiller at Moore, Willett & Frenke distillery, also in Bardstown. The company continued creating Bourbon whiskey until the 1970s. The company then shifted from distillation of Bourbon to ethanol for gasohol production to combat the looming fuel crisis of that time.
This ended up a detrimental shift for the company when fuel prices stabilized a few years later. Even G. Kulsveen, husband of Thompson Willett’s daughter Martha Harriet Willett, eventually purchased the company in 1984 and renamed it to Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. After Even sold the remaining Willett Distilling Company stock still aging in barrels on-site from the era prior to Willett’s shift to ethanol production, he began to purchase Bourbons created at other distilleries and focused the company on independent bottling instead.”
Rowan’s Creek has a very buttery nose rife with notes of butterscotch, fresh fruits, roasted nuts, caramel, vanilla, and some more subtle hints of maple and smoky oak. The 12 year aging process shines in this product and I believe gives it a much more mature scent than many of its similarly priced Kentucky brethren. At first sip, the butterscotch again makes a showing following smoky notes of corn and malt, moving towards the sweeter vanilla notes that a Bourbon enthusiast would be accustomed to. It finishes more powerfully though with notes of chocolate and cashews.
This is yet another thoroughly enjoyable offering by KBD, one of many in fact. Perhaps in future articles we’ll examine their product line in further detail. For now, this Bourbon definitely gets my recommendation for any purist looking for yet another terrific entry to their collection. Pick a 750 ML bottle up for around $35 at your local Spec’s location. As always, see their website for your nearest location.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Suggested Tasting Method: Neat, or on the rocks with very few ice cubes
Suggested Cigar Pairing: Flor de Oliva Churchill