the kentucky gentleman’s bourbon bar – with contest winner

If there’s one thing upon which you can hang your hat, it’s that a Kentucky Gentleman always keeps his promise. As such, I owe the faithful readers of Bluegrass THREADS a glimpse at my personal Bourbon collection. Enjoy!



1. Sazerac Rye

I’m not a huge fan of Rye, but when I’m in the mood for something spicy, Sazerac is an affordable go-to.

2. Old Rip Van Winkle – 10 Year, 107 Proof

This is a first-time buy for me. I have yet to meet a Van Winkle I don’t love, and this higher proof offering is no exception. Smooth, but with the serious kick you expect to feel from something bottled thus.

3. Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select

I love Woodford Reserve – It was the first bourbon I ever tried, and I’ve been a devotee ever since. It’s smooth, but not too smooth. I love the aftertaste, and I haven’t found a bourbon I love more as an ingredient.

4. Buffalo Trace

This one was a gift, and It was a good one. Buffalo trace is a sharper taste, and it’s another that goes very well with your favorite bourbon-centric confection.

5. Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve – 15 Years Old

This is the primo. I have tried all the Van Winkles, and despite being a mid-price iteration (on Julian’s scale, of course) this wheated bourbon is my favorite of them all. I find the 20 and 23 year versions sweeter, and I think the 15 has exactly the right bite.

6. Blanton’s

This is a fantastic example of the single barrel concept. I love the caramel and vanilla notes as well as the finish on this bourbon. I’d put it up against any of the single barrel varieties.

7. Van Winkle Special Reserve – 12 Years Old

This is my go-to sipping whiskey. I challenge anyone to find me a smoother finish – perhaps Lot A? I may or may not be sipping this one as I write this post. (Hint: I am.)

8. Old Rip Van Winkle – 10 Years Old, 90 Proof

Another first time purchase for me… And I haven’t cracked the cork yet. More coming soon!

A special bonus – my favorite new bourbon accessory is this travel flask and beaker set – perfect for enjoying your favorite spirit wherever you find yourself!



Hob Nob Barware by Reed & Barton – Part of the Williamsburg collection. Available at L.V. Harkness.

And, finally… Thanks to all who participated in our Bourbon Review contest! We’ve selected one at random, and the winner is… Heather!!! Congratulations, Heather, we’ll be in touch to get your details in short order!

Yours in the Commonwealth,

The Kentucky Gentleman

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