Thanks to Mike Montgomery and the team at Blue Run for sending me this sample to try and review for this blog. As always, there is no quid pro quo whatsoever.
Blue Run Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is 13yrs old, 113 proof, $169 MSRP and is blended and supervised by the great Jim Rutledge. The first run was only 2,600 bottles and is already sold out… on to the review!
Dark copper inviting color in glass… I don’t have a bottle in front of me, but they are well designed and will look good on your bar too.
Notes of s’mores from a campfire, crumbled Graham crackers, burnt molasses, buttered cinnamon toast, freshly opened ginger snaps bag and candy corn. You’d never guess the proof from the nose.
Butterscotch sweetness and nice spiciness up front betraying a high rye mashbill. Really enjoyable mouthfeel with lots of good tingling in the inner lips. The spice and flavor builds for over a minute and the finish is over two.
This is a really enjoyable Bourbon and it’s too bad I didn’t move quickly enough to secure one of the 2,600. If you did, well done! I like this so much better than Rutledge’s Cream of Kentucky releases, this is way less hot and far more enjoyable. Great debut! 95/100.