Whiskey Dreams – Pure Kentucky

Finding new bottles is hard in my little town, so when I found this bottle of Pure Kentucky I was genuinely excited, especially when I saw it had won a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Unfortunately the high proof and 12 years in the barrel turned this into something my palate just couldn’t enjoy. I’m scoring this as a 28/100 due to the sharpness this whiskey hits you with straight out of the barrel.

Pure Kentucky

The Nose

Other reviewers have commented on fruit and spice which are really forward on the nose. For me the alcohol was more forward, and while I could appreciate the spice, I could not appreciate any fruit.

The Palate

Pure Kentucky is a bit vicious and oily. Combine that with the higher proof and wood notes and this was just a bit too overpowering for me. I felt more slapped in the face than kissed on the lips by this one.

The Score

Pure Kentucky just wasn’t for me. I like to sip my Whiskey, not get slapped in the face by it. Pure Kentucky scored a 28/100, making it Just Bad. This is not a bottle I will be buying again.

Color

You’ve been punched in the kidneys, are poorly hydrated, and have just a touch of blood in your urine.

Proof

53.5% ABV

Pros

  • Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Cons

  • For me the 107 proof burnt away any flavor.
  • I didn’t like the way it coated my mouth.
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