This year’s limited edition of Yellowstone bourbon from Limestone Branch is a blend of 12-year and 7-year whiskies. Both feature rye as the flavoring grain in their mashbill. The blend was finished in new toasted wine barrels. No, these aren’t used wine barrels. They are brand new ones, so don’t expect any wine notes. The 2016 release is bottled at 101 proof and retails for about $100. It’s truly limited – only 7,000 bottles have been produced.
“We used 28 new wine barrels with varying levels of toast – I was interested in how toasting versus charring would contribute to the bourbon,” says Steve Beam, president and distiller of Limestone Branch Distillery. “The result was a delightful nose that is full of vanilla, sweet tea and summer fruit with a hint of smoke.”
Let’s see how this year’s bottling tastes. The nose features candied fruits, brown sugar, some baking spice and a touch of vanilla. Taste-wise, we’re talking in initial sweet caramel blast, followed by waves of spice, chocolate covered cherries, and some smoky vanilla. The long finish carries a little heat and some toffee chews.
This is an entirely new blend compared to last year’s, and it’s an improvement upon what was an already solid entry in the Yellowstone lineup. Nicely done. 8.5/10
Thanks to Luxco and Limestone Branch Distillery for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.