“We are a new blend of bourbon makers pushing the boundaries through innovation, while honoring the traditional art of making whiskey. Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1 is a celebration of our distillery, beverage and culinary teams working together to create spectacular bourbon.”David Mandell, Bardstown Bourbon Company President and CEOClick to explore our complete library of reviews to help you choose your next perfect bottle.
PHIFER PAVITT RESERVE COLLABORATIVE SERIES #1
- DISTILLER: Bardstown Bourbon Company Bardstown, KY
- MASH BILL: 84% Corn | 8% Rye | 8% Barley
- AGE: No age statement on the bottle, but according to the distillery it is 9-year Tennessee Bourbon finished 19-months in Phifer Pavitt Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon barrels from Napa Valley
- YEAR: 2019
- PROOF: 98.9 Proof (49.45% ABV)
- MSRP: $124.99
- BUY ONLINE: Not Available to Buy Online. Now available in: Kentucky, Florida, Northern California. Coming soon to: Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois
NOSE: Plums | Cacao Nibs | Sawdust
TASTE: Orange Liqueur | Berry Jam | Chocolate Syrup
FINISH: This was oddd because the finish was completely in the mid palate. I felt nothing at the back and it had barely any burn (I felt it at the top of my throat, and it stopped there).
SHARE WITH: Finished bourbon junkies
WORTH THE PRICE: This doesn’t have enough of a “wow” factor for the hefty price tag. Finished bourbons are everywhere now and you don’t get enough of the great cab qualities imparted into this bourbon to make it worth the cost.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: If you’re really curious, give it a go at the bar. I would try this at the BBC tasting room, but wouldn’t pay what it would likely cost at a regular bar.
OVERALL: I really wanted to like this because Cab Sav is one of my favorite wine varietals. I was expecting more of a jammy punch but the Cab notes were more muted, though still present, just hanging out further into the background. The plum nose was very apparent, which I love, but it faded away after that point.
This is a great first try from BBC and I’m looking forward to seeing what else they have in the rickhouses in terms of finished bourbons. I think they were a bit hasty in pulling this out of the wine barrels, or perhaps they chose the wrong wine for the whiskey (which, by the way, is actually important, ya know). I would LOVE to see a bourbon aged in Syrah or Petit Verdot barrels. I would also like to see a less corn-heavy mashbill, which certainly contributes to the thinner mouthfeel and finish.
Finished bourbons can be either very good or very gimmicky (aka: lackluster). This one falls in the latter category for me (a finished bourbon because, why not?) but I think they are running in the right direction. I am going to keep my eye out for future releases for sure. This one, however, for the high ticket price is just not worth it for me.
Disclaimer: The Bardstown Bourbon Company provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.
Born and raised in the Bluegrass, Erin Petrey has always held an affinity for her home state’s signature spirit: Bourbon. Throughout her world travels (36 countries and counting!), Erin delights in spreading the gospel of Bourbon across the globe, from Spain to Korea and even here at home in the Nation’s Capital, where she also serves President of the Kentucky Society of Washington. She loves helping people find their next favorite bourbon or cocktail. Though bourbon is her first love, gin comes in a close second. Her favorite cocktails are the Black Manhattan, Gin Gimlet, and Aviation. If you see her, be sure how to ask her how to make the perfect Old Fashioned.
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