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Bardstown Bourbon Bottle Review: Discovery Series 4 (2024)

Bardstown Bourbon Review 

Last Updated on March 8, 2024 by Lydia Martin

If you want to complete the Discovery Series of the Bardstown Bourbon Company, you should know more about the spirits first. 

With all the Discovery Series released, from #1 to #9, there’s one bottle that made a mark and is recognized by our palate— the Discovery Series #4. But how do we say so? 

Find out why this series is special in this Bardstown Bourbon review.  

Overview of Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Series #4 

Bottle of Bardstown Bourbon Company Discovery Series 4

The fourth season of Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Series features three distinctly different aged Kentucky bourbons blended to create a unique and smooth expression. 

  • 55% of the blend is a 13-YO Kentucky Bourbon (Barton) made from 74% corn, 18% rye, and 8% barley.  
  • 37% of the blend is a 15 YO Kentucky Bourbon (rumored to be Jim Beam) made from 78.5% corn, 13% rye, and 8.5% barley. 
  • 8% of the blend is a 10-YO Kentucky Bourbon (speculated to be Wild Turkey) made from 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley. 

With this blend, Bardstown Bourbon #4 delivers intense flavors of caramel and baking spices, with notes of dried figs and dates, contributing to the complexity of the experience.

Quick Facts

DistilleryBardstown Bourbon Company
Classification & RegionBourbon/Kentucky
Alcohol Proof115
Mash Bill75.7% corn, 15.8% rye, and 8.5% barley
Age StatementNAS (but blend of at least 13-Year-Old whiskeys)
ColorDark Mahogany
Rating5 Stars (Top-Shelf)
Average PriceAround $139 (750ml)

What’s Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Series #4? 

Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Series #4 is the fourth installment of the said series, which showcases the art of blending. 

This fourth installment highlights old and rare spirits sourced from different origins (undisclosed). It’s produced in small batches and is currently hard to find these days. 

Bottled at 115-proof (or 57.5% ABV), it’s deep and complex, which we find suitable for experienced drinkers.

So far, Bardstown has released nine variations of the Discovery Series. 

For your reference, here’s the full list: 

  • Discovery Series #1 – 60.6% ABV
  • Discovery Series #2 – 61.1% ABV
  • Discovery Series #3 – 55% ABV 
  • Discovery Series #4 – 57.7% ABV 
  • Discovery Series #5 – 47.5% ABV
  • Discovery Series #6 – 55.6% ABV 
  • Discovery Series #7 – 57.3% ABV
  • Discovery Series #8 – 57.1% ABV
  • Discovery Series #9 – 56.3% ABV  

Tasting Profile 

Pouring Bottle of Whiskey on a Glass

Nose 

Packed with brown sugar and notes of molasses. The aromas of oak and vanilla follow, complemented by the slight citrus and menthol-like rye spice hints.  

Palate

It feels creamy on the mouth. Along the creaminess shows the sweet fruit notes, and the brown sugar from the nose extends to the palate. 

As it develops, the cinnamon and rye spice notes show up, followed by sweetness from dark chocolate, vanilla buttercream, and honey. 

Finish

It’s sweet and savory. But along with that, there’s some heat with heavy oak, char, and rye spice notes.

As expected from its proof, the warmth of the spirit lingers on the throat and chest. 

Our Thoughts 

First Sip

On our first sip, it’s fruity and sugary. There are some wood notes, but it’s mellow and soft. Initially, we thought it was not complex due to the sweet notes, contrasting its higher proof. In short, the proof of this spirit isn’t that evident in just one sip.  

Second Chance

As we continue, the tasting notes start to get deep and robust. The woody notes and rye spiciness are getting apparent. 

This time, the old-aged bourbon blend in this series comes out, significantly influencing the overall profile of the spirit. 

But what we like about this series is that the oak and spicy notes are balanced and not that overwhelming.  

Why We Like It 

Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Series #4  Bottle Label

We like Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Series #4 because: 

  • It’s a well-crafted expression, showing expertise and character. The fruitiness, sweetness, heat, oak, and spice are well-balanced. We don’t find any off notes in this spirit (based on our preference). 
  • It delivers richness, depth, and a nice body at once, which is hard to find in other bourbon brands.
  • If you like Series #3, you’ll surely like this one as it’s a better version and far more desirable than the #2 release.  

Drawbacks

  • It’s quite complex for beginners. If you’re new to bourbons, you’ll find this overwhelming. 
  • Another thing, it’s quite pricey. (But if you have money to splurge on this spirit, why not.)
  • This is not an ideal everyday bourbon drink. Aside from its high price, it’s rare. You can’t easily find a bottle of this series in local liquor stores, even online stores. 

Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Series #4 Rating 

All things considered, Bardstown Bourbon Discovery Series #4 is 5 out of 5. 

“Bardstown Bourbon has quickly established itself as a distilling leader for premium bourbon brands.”

— Chris Trick, Investment Partner at PPC

We rate it a perfect 5-Star as it’s high-quality, expensive, and rare.

This is the type of bourbon suitable for very special occasions. (It’s hard to find, so you better turn on your whiskey-hunting skills)

To Sip or Skip?

Close Up Shot of Bardstown Bourbon Company Discovery Series 4 Bottle Label

Obviously, this spirit shouldn’t be skipped. It’s worth sipping, and most importantly, it’s worth the money.

It’s complex, but given its blend and proof, it’s flawless. Mind you – we’re used to the different complexities of whiskeys. 

And based on our experience (and preference), this is an excellent blend: smooth and balanced despite the strong alcohol and flavor, plus the heat. 

If you have yet to purchase a bottle of this series, you can try other alternatives like:

  • BBC Fusion 8, 95.5-proof
  • Origin Series Bourbon, 96-proof
  • Founders KBS Stout Finish, 100-proof  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who makes Bardstown bourbon?

Bardstown bourbon was made by Bardstown Bourbon Company, located in Bardstown, KY.

This company is known as an innovative distiller and bottler of several premium ryes and Kentucky bourbon brands [1], like Belle Meade, High West, and Jefferson’s.

Is Bardstown the Bourbon Capital of the world?

Yes. Bardstown in Kentucky is the “Bourbon Capital of the Word.” It is home to the “Kentucky Bourbon Festival,” world-famous distilleries, and even new craft distillation facilities.  

Where is Bardstown Bourbon sourced?

Bardstown bourbon has been sourced from different distilleries across the Kentucky region before.

Now, BBC is moving away from sourcing to making their own whiskeys [2]. 

Why is Bardstown the Bourbon Capital of the World?

Bardstown holds the esteemed title of the Bourbon Capital of the World due to its rich and storied history intertwined with bourbon production. Nestled in the heart of Kentucky, Bardstown boasts a concentration of distilleries that dates back to the late 18th century, making it a focal point for the bourbon industry.

The town’s commitment to preserving bourbon traditions, coupled with its pivotal role in shaping the American whiskey landscape, has solidified Bardstown’s reputation as the epicenter of bourbon craftsmanship.

The town is home to iconic distilleries, each contributing to the distinctive flavors and techniques that define bourbon, thus earning Bardstown its well-deserved moniker.

Which Whisky is Best for Drinking?

Determining the best whisky for drinking is a subjective matter dependent on individual preferences. Whisky enthusiasts appreciate the diversity of styles and flavors, ranging from peaty Scotch whiskies to smooth and sweet bourbons.

Scotch whiskies, such as single malts or blended varieties, are celebrated for their nuanced profiles, while bourbon, with its high corn content, offers a sweeter and robust taste. Japanese whiskies are gaining international acclaim for their meticulous craftsmanship and unique flavor profiles.

Ultimately, the best whisky for drinking depends on personal taste preferences, whether one favors the smoky allure of Islay Scotch or the caramel notes of a well-aged bourbon.

What is the Best Whiskey in the World of All Time?

Defining the absolute best whiskey in the world throughout history is a challenging task, as it hinges on individual taste and evolving industry trends. Whiskeys like Scotland’s Glenfiddich, Ireland’s Redbreast, or Kentucky’s Pappy Van Winkle have achieved legendary status, praised for their exceptional craftsmanship and distinct characteristics.

The subjective nature of such judgments means that opinions may vary widely, and the best whiskey for one person may not hold the same appeal for another.

Exploring a variety of reputable brands and styles allows enthusiasts to discover their own personal favorites in the vast and dynamic world of whiskey.

Why is Bourbon So Expensive?

The price of bourbon is influenced by several factors that contribute to its production, aging process, and market demand. High-quality ingredients, such as carefully selected grains and pure water, along with meticulous distillation methods, can elevate production costs.

Additionally, bourbon must be aged in new charred oak barrels, which not only imparts flavor but also contributes to expenses. The aging process itself, often spanning several years, ties up resources and space in distilleries, further increasing costs.

Furthermore, the surge in global demand for premium bourbons and limited-edition releases has driven prices higher as enthusiasts seek rare and exclusive bottles, creating a competitive market that impacts pricing.

Why is Bourbon So Expensive in Kentucky?

In Kentucky, the epicenter of bourbon production, several factors contribute to the relatively higher prices of bourbon. The state’s deep-rooted bourbon heritage, combined with stringent quality standards, ensures that distilleries prioritize craftsmanship and premium ingredients, leading to elevated production costs.

Additionally, the influence of tourism in Kentucky’s bourbon industry plays a role, as distilleries invest in visitor experiences, including guided tours and tastings, adding to overall expenses. Limited releases of special editions and single-barrel bourbons, often associated with Kentucky distilleries, further contribute to the premium pricing.

The unique combination of tradition, quality, and demand in Kentucky’s bourbon scene results in higher prices compared to other regions, making it a testament to the unmatched craftsmanship and prestige associated with the state’s bourbons.

How Long Has Bardstown Bourbon Been Around?

Bardstown Bourbon, as a brand, has been around since its founding in 2014, marking a relatively recent but impactful entry into the bourbon scene.

Despite its short history, Bardstown Bourbon has quickly gained recognition for its commitment to quality, innovation, and adherence to time-honored bourbon-making traditions, contributing to the brand’s growing prominence within the industry.

Who Owns Bardstown Whiskey?

Bardstown Bourbon is owned by Bardstown Bourbon Company, a Kentucky-based distillery that has made a notable mark in the world of bourbon.

Founded by David Mandell, the company is known for its state-of-the-art facility, collaborative approach to whiskey production, and dedication to crafting high-quality bourbons with a distinct character reflective of the region’s rich bourbon heritage.

What Bourbon Does Ryan Reynolds Own?

Ryan Reynolds, the renowned actor and entrepreneur, owns Aviation American Gin, a popular gin brand, but he does not own a bourbon brand. While Reynolds is associated with the spirits industry, particularly for his involvement with Aviation Gin, his ventures have not extended into the bourbon category as of my knowledge cutoff in January 2022.

Why Is Kentucky Whiskey the Best?

Kentucky whiskey, particularly bourbon, is often considered the best due to a combination of natural factors, time-honored traditions, and strict regulations that contribute to its unique flavor profile.

The state’s limestone-rich water, coupled with the distinct climate and seasons, imparts a special character to the grains used in bourbon production. Kentucky’s bourbon-making history, dating back to the 18th century, has cultivated a deep reservoir of expertise and craftsmanship.

The stringent regulations set by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association ensure that any whiskey labeled as “Kentucky Bourbon” adheres to specific standards, guaranteeing a level of quality and authenticity that enthusiasts appreciate.

Where Is Bardstown Whiskey Made?

Bardstown Bourbon is proudly crafted in Bardstown, Kentucky, a town synonymous with bourbon excellence.

The distillery, situated in the heart of the Bluegrass State, benefits from the region’s optimal conditions for bourbon production, including the limestone-filtered water and the traditional techniques deeply rooted in Kentucky’s whiskey-making history.

Bardstown’s commitment to its local roots and the renowned bourbon culture of Kentucky is reflected in the production of its distinctive and high-quality whiskeys.

Final Say About Bardstown Bourbon Review

The Discovery Series #4 is a wonderful blend made from three old-aged Kentucky Bourbons.

The nose is aromatic, with a creamy texture and sweet fruit notes on the palate.

The edge of this whiskey lies in the finish; it carries the entire experience, delivering a smooth and satisfying feel in every sip.

We’d love to hunt a bottle of this spirit again.  

References:

  1. Pritzker Private Capital Acquires Bardstown Bourbon Company
  2. Bardstown Bourbon Is Releasing the Last Two Editions of Its Celebrated Fusion Series
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