Tasting Notes: Calumet Farms 15 year old Rack Black Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

I love Calumet Farms 14 year old. It amazes me that Sazerac isn’t putting this fine bourbon out itself, which is distilled and aged at the 1792 Barton Distillery. The new 15 year old release is not only a year older but comes in at a higher 105 proof. Still non-chill filtered like the 14 year old.

Color is a lovely deep amber with some reddish tones, reflecting those 15 years in a barrel in the cooler part of the warehouse. Nose has wonderful vanilla and oak notes, with some nice fruitiness. On the palate, vanilla and heavy candied cherries come to the fore, with wonderful oak tannin in the background. Medium mouthfeel. Super long finish with the cherry notes becoming muted with drying oak and candied rye. This is amazing bourbon.

At $120 a bottle, yes, this is on the pricier side of bourbon. But, given what the secondary market is paying for ultra-aged and high proof bourbons, this is a bargain and it is just that good and available. And, before someone spends secondary market money getting a bottle of Blanton’s, Elmer T. Lee, Weller, and a host of other bourbons, your money is better spent on Calumet Farms at retail.

My friends and acquaintances always ask me for recommendations for a special bottle for someone. Given that so many things I would recommend are now allocated and impossible to get, the Calumet Farms 14 and now 15 year old bourbons are what I recommend.

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