In December of 2014, spirit giant Luxco acquired a 50% equity position in Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky. Limestone Branch has been operated jointly by the two companies and Yellowstone bourbon is the first product released since the partnership. It is important to note that the product is a blend of three sourced bourbons, of which, only 6,000 bottles were produced.
Blend consists of the following:
-A wheated bourbon aged 7 years
-A high rye bourbon aged 7 years
-A high rye bourbon aged 12 years
Nose: Cheesecake, cinnamon, salted caramel, graham crackers.
Taste: Sweet hard candies, red hots upfront, followed by spice cake with vanilla icing, honey, rye spice, subtle salt, and toasted oak.
Finish: Sweet spice with a warming oak.
Conclusion: This is a sweet yet spicy bourbon. It's mellow, but at 105 proof boasts a thick mouthfeel with rich flavors. I know people will ask, so let me mention this now- Yellowstone bourbon barrels were selected by Limestone branch President and Distiller, Steve Beam; it is not the same juice as Blood Oath. At a $105 price tag, its not the greatest bang for your buck, but as it is truly a limited release, I recommend you give this a try. Lastly, shout out to David Cole for another amazing bottle design.
My Rating: B+ (Very Good)