Thanks to @scotchguy.to for sharing a dram of this with me.
Yellowstone Select is the flagship whiskey from Limestone Branch Distillery, a distillery established in Lebanon, Kentucky by Steve and Paul Beam. The distillery comes from the brothers who can link their families back to major Kentucky distillers, as you may have guessed based on their names.
So we have two brothers who note they are seventh-generation bourbon distillers. That’s nice and all, and it sure helps marketing, but you’re here to see if the bourbon was good or bad.
So let’s see how this tastes, shall we?
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Colour: 5Y 9/8
Nose: Sugar syrup, oak, sweet corn, grass
Immediately quite sweet with oak. More time gives corn/grassy notes. It’s changing things up a bit from other bourbons, with some of the grassy notes and some of that more raw sugar.
Taste: Green banana, caramel, sugar syrup, corn
Hey, there we go. Notes that are closer to a Scotch than a bourbon at this point. Green banana notes, some caramel, but then back to sugar syrup/corn again. It’s bouncing back and forth and hard to pin down, like gelatin on a bowling green.
Finish: Plum, herbal, oak, banana, gravel
Oddly herbal and fruity. Really nice plum note with oak/earth added in there. Really interesting.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a daily drinker that colours outside the lines of other Bourbons out there, this is it. I’m impressed. Less overtly harsh notes, more fruity, lots of sugar. I can see it doing well in a cocktail too.
That said, this isn’t the next insane buy 200 bottles of it bottle. It’s a nice sipper. It opened up a tasting nicely. I could have it to unwind.
Bourbon review #249, Kentucky review #160, Whiskey review #1720