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Bardstown Bourbon Company "Fusion Series #2" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1461096 92 points Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark It’s all about the grain with this whiskey, made with two high-rye bourbons and a wheated bourbon. Honey Nut Cheerios, strawberry shortcake, lemon tart, almonds, pistachios, candied ginger, and a touch of coconut cream on the nose. The palate keeps the mashbill in play, with sweetness and warm pastry notes, but showcases the barrel’s best qualities: chocolate, cinnamon, and integrated spice. Consistent into the finish, which is peppery and warm with cinnamon-laced dark chocolate, nuts, and toasted cereals. (SSB, Fall 2020) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

The new release of Bardstown's Fusion delivers the goods. While series #1 won big accolades, with Whisky Advocate naming it No. 11 best whisky of the year in 2019, we expect big things for Series #2. Here we have the same 60% Bardstown whiskey to 40% 12 year old sourced juice (74% corn, 18% rye, 8% malted barley). Bardstown's delivers 18% of their wheated bourbon and 42% of their high-rye recipe to the blend, but in this series, the BBC whiskies have grown a little older. The rye component is more assertive, yet so is the wheat. It's a spicy and creamy combination that drinks easy. The edges of series #1 have been rounded off and the whiskey feels more complete.

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By: Greg Dudley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2020 | Send Email
The Bardstown Bourbon Company is in no uncertain terms, killing it, and the second iteration of the Fusion series is no exception. An excellent blend of old and young whiskeys of varying mash bills. Corn, rye, wheat and malted barley are all incorporated making a well blended four grain bottle. The nose offers a rye bread note, pepper, light carmel and honey. The sip starts with a flash of heat, honey and vanilla then moves to carmel and rye spice. This bourbon has a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel and a lingering finish that lightly hugs the chest. I prefer this whiskey neat or with one large ice cube, depending on the weather.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/10/2020 | Send Email
Bardstown's Fusion Series 1 was one of my favorite bottles of bourbon we carried while it lasted. I went through 2 or 3 of them easily and the rest of the staff in SF was equally fond. When the series 2 came in I eagerly bought a bottle as I wanted to see what their evolution as distillers and blenders was going to be like. A little tight when I first opened it. I let the bottle sit for a few day (yes, whiskey too can benefit from being let breathe). Upon second approach the bottle was much more aromatic with notes of baking spice, cherry and apricot, roasted almond and hazelnut. This has to be one of the softest palates of any bourbon at nearly 100 proof. The mouth explodes up front with fruit and spice and sits soft and round on the mid palate with the roasted nut, and toffee. the finish is full of burnt caramel, bakers chocolate, and tons of wood spice. Very different from the original offering you can really see what and extra year of maturation does to their own distillate and makes me excited for what they have to come!

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2020 | Send Email
Bardstown collaborative approach extends well beyond their unique finished barrels. They involve the entire Bardstown team in the blending process bringing together their distilling, culinary (they operate an exceptional restaurant) and beverage (and a top notch bar program) teams to make sure they have a blend that truly reflects what they're trying to accomplish. They've succeeded in a big way. The first release of Fusion won major accolades, both from us here at K&L, and folks like the Whisky Advocate - who named it #11 on their top 20 whiskies for 2019. I daresay, that Fusion #2 is a better whisky. It makes use of 40% 12 year old KY Bourbon and the 60% remainder is a combo of Bardstown's wheat and high rye distillate. The whisky is very similar to series #1, but the hard edges have been sanded down. It's more round and supple. The rye component stands out a little more in flavor, but it really maintains the supple creamy wheat texture. It is an impeccable blend of different ages and mashbills in one of the best new bourbons to hit the market in 2020.

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