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Every Yellowstone Whiskey Reviewed [2021]

Jan 13, 2021

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by Matty Sims

Yellowstone whiskeys are handcrafted in Kentucky by Limestone Branch Distillery (Lebanon, KY). As with many other distilleries in KY, Limestone Branch has roots in the Beam family. It’s lead by Brothers Steve and Paul Beam who resurrected the Yellowstone brand which was established in 1872 by their great-great-grandfather Joseph Washington Dant. They also offer a rye whiskey not under the Yellowstone brand — Minor Case bourbon. It honors their great-grandfather Minor Case Beam.

The distillery first opened its doors in 2011 making moonshine. They were well-known for their moon pie moonshine. Everything changed in 2014. Luxco, St. Louis-based premium alcohol supplier & wine supplier, announced in December 2014 their partnership with Limestone Branch acquiring 50 percent equity.

In 2020, Limestone Branch was named one of America’s 10 Best Craft Distilleries by USA Today. Today the distillery honors our national parks for which the brand was named after by donating a part of all proceeds to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).

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Yellowstone Select Bourbon Review

Yellowstone Select

Yellowstone Select Bourbon
Yellowstone Select BourbonDetails
Mashbill75% corn 13% rye and 12% malt
In the Bottle93 Proof
ABV46.5% ABV
AgeNAS
StyleSmall Batch
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$25
DistilleryLimestone Branch Distillery
1280 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Lebanon, KY 40033
ProsSolid Flavors on the Palate
ConsLacks Complexity and Finish
RatingSilver 85.8 out of 100 Points
InventoryDaily Drinker

Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon is Limestone Branch’s flagship bourbon.

Nose -86 out of 100 Points

The nose is sweet with fruit and brown sugar cream of wheat. Yellowstone Select also offers pleasant toasted grain and subtle baking spice notes.

Taste – 87 out of 100 Points

The palate is a step up from the nose. There is more boldness and pop. The front palate is creamy. It screams Greek yogurt with roasted walnuts, honey, and cinnamon. The mid-palate is warming baking spice transitioning into youthful oak. There are also pops of fruit mid and some white pepper on the side.

Finish – 85 out of 100 Points

It’s a medium finish. The first bit is more youthful oak, toasted grain, and cinnamon.

Complexity – 84 out of 100 Points

It’s balanced bourbon but it’s not particularly complex. There are some undeveloped grain notes that would be improved with more age.

Value – 87 out of 100 Points

The price point makes this whiskey intriguing. But Yellowstone doesn’t set itself apart in a crowded under $30 price point.

Verdict – Silver 85.8 out of 100 Points

Yellowstone Select offers great viscosity, especially at the price. The color is apple cider. There are some good flavors going on but I’m not sure I’d return to it with other options readily available that are more developed.

Limestone Select Awards

  • SIP Awards 2018 – Gold Medal
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 – Gold Medal
  • Berlin International Spirits Competition 2016 – Gold Winner
  • SIP Awards 2017 – Silver Medal
  • L.A. Spirits Awards 2020 – Gold Medal

Minor Case Rye Whiskey Guide

Minor Case Rye Whiskey
Yellowstone Select BourbonDetails
Mashbill51% rye, 45% corn and 4% malted barley
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45% ABV
AgeNAS
StyleSherry Finished Rye
Suggested MSRP$50
ProsComing Soon
ConsComing Soon
RatingComing Soon
InventoryComing Soon

Minor Case is a straight rye whiskey finished in sherry casks. Full Review Coming Soon.

Minor Case Awards

  • SIP Awards 2018 – Platinum Medal
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 – Gold Medal
  • SIP Awards 2017 – Gold Medal
  • The Global Spirits Masters 2017 – Master

 

Yellowstone Limited Edition Guide

Yellowstone Limited Edition was first released in 2015 after Yellowstone partnered with Luxco. The first two released relied completely on Luxco’s aged bourbon. 2017 was the first year they blended their own distillate into the limited release. The new releases have not disappointed.

Yellowstone Limited Edition 2020

7-year bourbon finished in French Armagnac barrels

Yellowstone Limited Edition 2019

9 to 12-year bourbon

Yellowstone Limited Edition 2018

A blend of 4 to 12-year-old bourbons finished in third use, deeply charred wine casks

Yellowstone Limited Edition 2017

A blend of 4, 7, and 12-year bourbons finished in second use, lightly charred wine casks

Yellowstone Limited Edition 2016

A blend of 7 and 12-year bourbons finished in toasted wine casks

Yellowstone Limited Edition 2015

A blend of 7-year wheated bourbon and 12-year rye bourbon. According to Steve Beam, “We took the 12-year rye bourbon out of its barrels, and poured the seven-year bourbon into the 12-year barrels to enrich it and extract more flavors.”

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.
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