Wathen’s Private Barrel K&L Wine/Chestnut Club Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
While the proliferation of "new" bourbon brands continues, prescious few of these can actually claim a history in Kentucky distillation. The Medley Family is a real exception to the rule for a "non-distiller producer". With centuries of family history in the business and Charles Medley's decades of hands on experience at the Owensboro Distillery in northwestern Kentucky, Medley brands stand as a unique example of an old school contract distillery starkly different from the bulk brands on the market today. The Medleys are distilling royalty in Daviess County much like the Beam's to the east, but despite ultimately purchasing the Owensboro facility that he'd worked at for years, Charles was unable to reopen it due to the heavy financial burden of refurbishment. What they have done for the last 15+ years is contract distill to the exacting specifications and build stocks of aged whiskies at extremely reasonable prices. This single cask was selected in collaboration with the exceptional Chestnut Club in Los Angeles where you can taste it before you buy, but don't wait too long because they took half the cask which means we received just over 100 bottles of the delicious nectar. This cask of Wathen's is on the slightly drier side of bourbon, showing incredible depth of spice and complexity. This is easily one of the best values in bourbon right now so grab it while you can.