Review #726 | /r/Bourbon Review #408 – Kentucky Owl Rye, Batch 001
The Schtick: This is a Stoli release of an unknown sourced rye. It is marked Batch 001 because, like Kentucky Owl Bourbon, I’m sure there will be future manic panic releases. This saw a very wide release in the US, though, which is promising. It is 11 years old and bottled at cask strength. Let’s dive in.
Bottler: Kentucky Owl (Stoli)
ABV: 55.3% ABV
Age: 11 Years
Nose: Molasses, clove, allspice, sweet brown sugar. There is faint minty spearmint, but no dill. Faintly herbal.
Taste: Medium mouthfeel, lots of herbal character. Vanilla, faint spearmint, clove and spice. Not too sweet, some mild heat.
Finish: Short to medium in length, surprising for the proof. No heat, though. Mildly herbal spice, dry oak and pepper. Only faint sweetness.
Overall: This is definitely not an MGP sourced rye, but it leans towards the herbal, minty, spicy rye profile rather than something more bourbon like. This isn’t bad, I think it says a bit about the mashbill and we can make some shoddy guesses about producer, but it’s a well done rye. Not super remarkable, but also not lacking, either.
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