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Bardstown Bourbon Company Discovery Series #8 is an excellent whiskey – Robb Report

If you haven’t dived in mix bourbon category, there’s no better time than now. The latest in Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Discovery Series combines whiskey from four different states and Canada before undergoing a complicated wood finish, resulting in something unique and delicious.

Bardstown Bourbon Company is located in the Kentucky town of the same name, the unofficial capital of bourbon country. The distillery makes its own whiskey, distills under contract for other brands, and also sources casks from various distilleries domestically and abroad. The discovery series is intended to showcase the art of blending by marrying aged whiskey casks from various locations into what is hopefully better than the sum of its parts. The latest blend is Discovery #8, which combines the following whiskies: 66% 12-year-old Kentucky bourbon, 17% seven-year-old Indiana rye whiskey (barely with a mashbill of 51% rye), 11% 12-year-old 100% Canadian corn whiskey and 6% six-year-old Indiana rye with a 95% rye mashbill. It’s a lot of specific details, but it’s a lot of unique and interesting whiskey to blend.

To take the process even further, the mixture is then finished off with five different wooden sticks which are inserted into the liquid to add flavor, a process Maker’s Mark 46 fans may be familiar with. The staves are as follows: 45% Double Toast French Oak, 25% Spice Carrier, 20% High Vanilla, 5% Rioja, and 5% Charred Barrel.

“We built this series to explore all the ways you can take whiskey in new directions through thoughtful blending that pushes the boundaries of what’s come before,” said Dan Callaway, vice president of development at products and hospitality for the BBC, in a statement. “By layering flavors and nuances, these limited releases continue to be truly singular in nature.” Discovery #8 is bottled at 114.1 proof and available in 20 markets nationwide with an SRP of $139.99.

And while it won’t arrive until the fall, we also have some Discover #9 details to share. This seems like another interesting blend, and includes the unusual addition of eight-year-old Georgia bourbon, 17-year-old Tennessee whiskey and 12-year-old Kentucky bourbon, and Canadian corn whiskey.