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Kentucky Senator Bourbon - No.2

Company: Kentucky Senator SpiritsDistillery: Undisclosed KY. Distillery

Type: Kentucky StraightProof: 107Age: 6 Years

Mash Bill: 75% Corn | 21% Rye | 4% Malted Barley


• NOSE


Out of the gate on the nose; we got this Floral/Honeysuckle vibe. A slight sweetness that was truly inviting. We also got a light sugar-coated/slight honey Fig/Date hint going on that was hard to pin-point, but it was surely there. And last, but not least...there was a hit of Graham Cracker; very light, but very intriguing.


Our only set-back was it was the lightness of the nose. It was like a faint whisper in the wind. But -- it does make you want to dive in for more.


Score: 19/25


• PALATE


The palate hits like power punch of sweet!


Up front we get this Super Sweet Oak and a Honeysuckle; almost to the sweetness of a Honey Dew Melon. We were into this from the start!


Then came a blast or rather an explosion of heat that covered your mouth like a Red-Hot. But it left just as fast as it came in; so no lingering residual heat.


What lingered was the Dark Sugars -- which was truly one of our big likes.


The palate did not disappoint!


Score: 30/40



• FINISH


The finish was probably one of the best, from the nose and palate; long and featuring your 'common' bourbon notes -- the caramels, deep, dark brown sugars and so on.


One thing that caught us by surprise was; there was a hint of an Andy's Mint on the end (that mint that 'Olive Garden' gives out with your bill). That mint tingle; which was very good...but totally not expected. Who wouldn't love that!?


Score: 24/25


• VALUE


Now here is where we were trying to figure out a best number. This bottle comes in at $115; or at least what we got it for. We feel that is a little too much for our notes we came up with. We feel that this bottle should be somewhere in the ball park of $75/$85 -- we just want to be honest and sincere on this.


Score: 6/10


• FINAL NOTES


With all of our notes in; we asked one another...'was this a purchase we shouldn't have made'. By far it is not a bad purchase. We would not tell anyone not to buy it. If you see it; snag it...it's a low run anyways (something like 1200 bottles).


But...is it knocking it out of the park for that money -- NO. But...is it a good bourbon -- YES!


Now the final question -- 'Is it Bar Staple worthy'?! We feel it is, but I don't know if we'll be on the search for No.3...


Till next pour -- Cheers!!


• TOTAL SCORE -- 79/100



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