A blend of 11yr Kentucky Bourbon, and Bardstown's own 4yr and 3yr whiskey, Fusion Series 5 seeks to display the growth of Bardstown's own distillate in coming to parity with well aged distillate from sourced contracts. The blend is comprised of 30% Undisclosed KY Bourbon, 56% of Bardstown's own 4yr 70% corn mash and 14% of Bardstown's own 60% corn mash.
Funk and fruit, oak and orange peel, citrus candy, sweet peanut. Bright and floral nose that meets fun fruit and a hint of funk.
Muted palate at first, opens up with a good rest in the glass (15 min). Sweet cream, oak and orange peel once again pop immediately with a faint nougat and peanut brittle character on the back palate.
Medium finish. A bit hot here, that younger distillate seems to pop in the finish, but nothing punishing. More orange peel and candied lemon with some Payday bar and brown sugar.
Overall, these are always fun experiments to try and I really like the window that BBC gives us into their aging stocks. That said, this release is a hair disjointed, and I can't help but wonder if a few more proof points at bottling may have helped that palate. Either way, it's good but not amazing, although it's definitely more interesting that, say, a standard Buffalo Trace.
Disclosure: The producer asked us to review this, and sent some along