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Every Bluegrass Distillers Whiskey Reviewed [2021]

Apr 24, 2021

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by Matty Sims

Glencairn Whiskey Glass

Disclaimer: The whiskey reviewed was furnished for free courtesy of the spirit distiller. The distillery did not pay us for this review. This review is our honest and unbiased opinion based soley on how the spirit tasted.

Bluegrass Distillers is a craft distillery in Lexington, KY, that currently distills three styles of whiskey:

  • Bluegrass Distillers Blue Corn Bourbon
  • Bluegrass Distillers Wheated Bourbon
  • Bluegrass Distillers High Rye Bourbon

They started distilling spirits in 2012 and only released their first batch in 2015 after years of perfecting their craft. They are known for the blue corn in their mashbill and for using non-GMO and locally sourced Kentucky ingredients. A significant marker for craft distilleries making their own whiskey is releasing their first Bottled in Bond spirit. Bluegrass did just this in the summer of 2020. I’m excited to see what comes out of their rickhouse next.

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Bluegrass Distillers Wheated Bourbon Review

Bluegrass Distillers Wheated Bourbon Review

This review is of Bluegrass Distillers Bottled in Bond Wheated bourbon.

Nose – 90 out of 100 Points

The nose is delicious and intriguing. It’s Greek yogurt, honey, raspberries, and toasted grains.

Taste – 88 out of 100 Points

The mouthfeel is creamy. I get more of that tangy Greek yogurt and honey. The fruit notes are more subtle because the back of the palate explodes with fiery oak, black pepper, and toasted grain. I wanted just a touch more sweetness to balance the bold back palate.

Finish – 89 out of 100 Points

Solid finish that’s grain forward with white pepper, oak, and fruit. It’s interesting that the fruit pops again on the finish. It’s an apple and berry vibe.

Complexity – 89 out of 100 Points

Overall, the complexity is good. The higher proof draws out some nice flavors from this 4YO wheated bourbon. It performs admirably against other 4YO Bottled in Bond bourbons. You can tell it was crafted with excellence.

Value – 90 out of 100 Points

What sets this apart is that it’s a bottled in bond wheated bourbon. That’s rare. And in the craft whiskey realm even more so. The comparable would be Old Fitz from Heaven Hill and Wilderness Trail.

The best comparison is probably Wilderness Trail and these two aren’t far off from a flavor perspective. They both have a pleasant grain note and comparable fruit notes. Whiskey drinkers should support more distilleries who are making their own whiskey and doing it well. Bluegrass Distillers fall in this category.

Verdict – Silver 89.2 out of 100 Points

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Bluegrass Distillers Blue Corn Bourbon Review

Bluegrass Distillers Blue Corn Bourbon Review

This review is of Bluegrass Distillers Cask Strength Single Barrel Blue Corn Bourbon . . . phew that’s a mouthful.

Nose – 87 out of 100 Points

Another creamy nose with luscious aromas of vanilla pudding, peaches, and cherries. Just a touch of oak, grain, and white pepper.

Taste – 88 out of 100 Points

Great mouthfeel — creamy through the entire palate. I’m getting a vanilla and walnut bread pudding vibe. There are also some orange zest undertones. The back of the palate is caramel pudding, black pepper, and oak. The more I sat with this; the more I liked it.

Finish – 90 out of 100 Points

The finish is long and creamy with subtle vanilla and caramel, charred oak, and black pepper.

Complexity – 88 out of 100 Points

Some younger cask strength bourbons tend to be astringent, not so with Bluegrass’ Blue Corn bourbon. This cask strength offering packs a punch with balanced, bold flavors on the palate and finish.

Value – 90 out of 100 Points

Bluegrass Distillers uses locally sourced, GMO-free grains to create their mashbill, distill their spirits, and bottle their bourbon which allows them to coax maximum flavor out of their bourbon at every step of the distillation process and aging. That’s what sets this 2YO bourbon apart from other younger whiskeys. A comparable bourbon within this age, excellence, and commitment to local grains would be Still Austin’s The Musician. Bluegrass’ Blue Corn Bourbon more than holds its own.

Verdict – Silver 88.6 out of 100 Points

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Bluegrass Distillers High Rye Bourbon

Full tasting review coming shortly.

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