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Old Ripy Bourbon Review

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Old Ripy is a combination of 8-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon with 12-year-old and younger whiskies for added complexity and oak. It is distilled at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Anderson County, aged in timber warehouses and non-chill filtered to retain congeners, fusil oils, lipid fats and proteins we believe you would find in the original. This results in more natural and complex flavor characteristics, fuller body, and a smooth but “chewier” mouthfeel.Old Ripy

Old Ripy Bourbon

  • DISTILLER: Released by Campari America with barrels sourced from the Wild Turkey Distillery
  • MASH BILL: Undisclosed but since it’s sourced from Wild Turkey we assume it’s likely 75% Corn  | 13% Rye |  12% Malted Barley
  • AGE: The youngest whiskey in the Old Ripy bottling is a 6-year-old whiskey, but the majority of the liquid is 8- and 12-year-old.
  • YEAR: 2017
  • PROOF: 104 (52% ABV)
  • MSRP: $49.99 for 375ml
  • BUY ONLINE: Coming Soon!
NOSE: Vanilla  |  Raisins  |  Toasted Oak  | Almonds  | Apple

TASTE: Big Oak Notes  |  Spice

FINISH: The finish is sweet and dry (tannic) with a short, but bright peppery bite on the tip of the tongue. Give it a few minutes, and you’ll get rewarded with a nice burn that surges in the back of your throat.

SHARE WITH: Pour this one for friends who enjoy a strong oak profile in their whiskey. This has lots of dry, toasted oak accompanied by peppery spice sure to make them happy.

WORTH THE PRICE: The MSRP of $49.99 seems right on until you remember that it’s only for a 375ml bottle – not a standard 750ml bottle. I asked Campari why they were releasing this as a 375ml and they told me “The Bond & Lillard and Old Ripy 375ml bottles are a nod to pre-Prohibition. Bottle sizes were not standardized then, and smaller format bottles were frequently sold.”

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Despite my feelings on the 375ml bottle, if you’re a serious bourbon drinker–who enjoys oaky juice– it’s worth getting a bottle to try and share with friends with share your love of bourbon. At almost $50 per 375ml it probably won’t become anyone’s everyday drinker, but then again, that doesn’t appear to be Campari’s goal with this one or any other release in the Whiskey Barons Collection.

OVERALL: Old Ripy bourbon is a solid, well-balanced bourbon that caters to those that enjoy a more tannic profile. I preferred the Bond & Lillard over this one but wouldn’t mind having a bottle at home to enjoy on occasion. I think Campari has done a good job with the first two releases in their Whiskey Barons Collection by making sure that neither whiskey is too far off what I would consider being mainstream bourbon flavor profiles. So while they may be new labels on the market, they remain approachable, somewhat familiar due to the Wild Turkey sourced juice and easily drinkable by just about any bourbon drinker–novice through expert.

You can read more about the origins of the Whiskey Barons Collection via this post on our site.

Learn more about Pop’s whiskey preferences and check out more of his reviews…

Disclaimer: Campari America 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.

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Patrick "Pops" Garrett

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Patrick Garrett, "Pops" as he's known to his friends, is the founder of Bourbon & Banter, LLC and claims the title of Chief Drinking Officer (CDO). A long-time marketing professional and photographer, Pops hopes to use his professional experience and love of Bourbon to spread the Bourbon Gospel and help everyone realize the therapeutic power of having a good drink with friends. Read Patrick's full profile.

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