Vintage 17 Review

This is a discontinued expression that was bottled by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers and likely distilled by Bernheim. It’s a 17 year wheated bourbon bottled at 47% ABV. The wheated part is somewhat controversial as some of these Vintage 17s used a rye bourbon mashbill instead. A rumor that still persists is that you can tell by the font on the back of the label (block vs italics) but this was debunked a couple years ago. I’m fairly confident the one I had is wheated based on the palate/nose.

Nose: Oak, big wheat notes, orange marmalade, black pepper, dark chocolate, and maraschino cherries.

Palate: Wheat dominant with plenty of sweetness from the grain. Oak not as strong as you’d expect in a 17 year bourbon. A bit of citrus creeps in towards the end.

Finish: Very nice – oak and bitter chocolate lingers with some floral notes.

Rating: 93/100 – One of my favorite wheated expressions I’ve had.

Value for the money: I don’t see these too often anymore, but I’d venture to guess they are $400+ on the secondary. Not worth that price, but I’d pay up to $150 or so if it were available at retail.

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