Calumet 15 Year Bourbon Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Calumet 15 Year Bourbon

  • Distiller:

    Undisclosed

  • Bottler:

    Calumet

  • ABV:

    52.5%

  • Age:

    15 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: An honestly impressive effort from Calumet here - a great blend of flavors without going too heavy on the tannin. Complex, sweet, savory, dry where it counts. Winner.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Drink Hacker
  • Excerpt: For its complexity, this whiskey is on the sweeter side than most older bourbons I’ve come across (and it’s possibly a tad too sweet for me on occasion). That may appeal to the occasional low-proof bourbon drinker looking to venture — albeit not too far — into edgier, oakier terrain.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Bourbon Culture
  • Excerpt: Barrell Bourbon batches are 2/3 this price but deliver way more complexity per pour. But this bottle right here is the epitome of a generic bourbon that’s not worth what its being sold at.
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  • Intro:

    Distilled by an Undisclosed Kentucky distiller - rumored and thought by many to be Barton - this release is bottled by Calumet at a very generous 52.5% ABV with a price tag that strays into the firmly reasonable: a welcome sight to many bourbon drinkers. Let's dive in!

  • Nose:

    Bold char, cherry, vanilla bean and spice. Reminds me of cherry bark bitters on the nose, with a fat scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, graham cracker, touch of cocoa and some cream.

  • Taste:

    Big and bold again, full of char, brown butter, caramel, honey, some light minerality and a bucket of cherry cordials. Oaky and dry, pleasant and complex.

  • Finish:

    Long finish. It’s a touch hot, but not punishing, and the sweetness carries nicely with the proof. Loving the “just right” amount of oak here - brings a lot of complexity here. Cocoa, cherries, brown sugar sees it off.

  • Overall:

    An honestly impressive effort from Calumet here - a great blend of flavors without going too heavy on the tannin. Complex, sweet, savory, dry where it counts. Winner.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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