Johnny Drum is one of those hidden gems that those in Kentucky know about, but few people outside of the Bluegrass State have been made aware of yet. It retails for around $32, is aged 15 years and comes from Bardstown, at the Willett Distillery. It’s a sourced whiskey and I have know idea where the Willett boys find it, but where are you going to get 15 years Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey for around thirty bucks? I have the sneaky suspicion it’s a blend of stuff they think is not quite good enough for their WFE single barrel program, but still good enough to drink.
The color is a darker golden amber, shows the age without doubt.
There is an earthy aroma on the nose, mushrooms, dried hickory bark, but also baking spices with some brown sugar in the background. It is an enjoyable nose with minimal heat.
The taste is good. Upfront you get the richer notes which evolve into the spicy notes afterwards. The palate is enjoyable and the finish is fairly long.
The is not a particularly complex bourbon, but it is enjoyable with rich notes given to it by the 15 years in the barrel. It may be the stuff that doesn’t make it into the Willett Family Estate Single Barrel program, but it’s pretty good. Not to mention the price, which can’t be beat. It’s better that Forged Oak by a large margin, the only other 15 year bourbon easily available on the market, costing 2-3x (or more if some retailer is ripping you off). 90/100.