Review: Johnny Drum Private Stock Kentucky Bourbon
About Johnny Drum Private Stock
This is a very interesting whiskey that I picked up after having it suggested to me by a bartender in Louisville. As far as I can tell, this is mostly produced at Willett Distillery in Bardstown, although I have read that there may be some sourced elements in the bottle, but haven't confirmed that.
At one time, this was an award winner and came with a 15 year age statement. But many years have passed and Johnny Drum no longer reveals its age, although with the amount of oak on the palate, I would assume it still spends a good while in the barrel. The label reads as a master class in old style marketing featuring old favorites like "the finest," and "aged to the peak of maturity."
The proof is in the tasting and the star of this bourbon's flavor profile is one that you don't often run across with such dominance.
- Origin: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd aka. Willett Distillery and possibly some sourced elements (Kentucky)
- Type: Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Charcoal Filtered
- Mash Bill: Unknown
- Barrels: New Charred Oak - Small Batch
- Finish: None
- ABV: 50.5% (101 Proof)
- Age: NAS
- Color: +1
- Price Range: $43
Tasting Notes / Experience - this is an H2 and will likely not wrap, but you never know, so it is good that you are testing it.
On the Nose (Scents & Experience): this is an H3 and will likely not wrap, but you never know, so it is good that you are testing it.
- Very light nose with burn of alcohol
On the Palate (Flavors & Experience):
- Caramel and Vanilla
- Egg custard
- Nutty, oak, sour char
The Finish (Flavors & Experience):
- Burnt brown sugar
- Light spice
- Length: Long, Medium, Short
If you love hazelnut, that particular flavor lingers on the finish for quite a while. But what may be a plus for some can be a negative for others. When I first started drinking coffee, I used to use artificial hazelnut creamer. Soon that particlar artificial flavoring became an irritant to me and because of that, this whiskey isn't really for me.
But this is why I always say, there are not really good or bad whiskeys, just ones that hit your sweet spot and some that don't.
Just as a side note, I bought this bottle almost 2 years ago. It is likely that through oxidization the aftertaste has intensified. It is hard to say. I don't remember the hazelnut being as dominant. But something has kept me from finishing this bottle over the last two years.
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