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Bardstown Bourbon Co. Discovery Series Kentucky Straight Bourbon (No. 2), 61.1%

Price: $130 Issue: Fall 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

A basket of berries—blue, black, and rasp—plus brown sugar, dark chocolate, iced tea, and walnuts in syrup on the nose. The berries carry through to the palate, though it's more chocolate-oriented, with cocoa powder, coffee bean, and peanut butter-swirled brownies. It's full and deep, and remarkably smooth without water, though a drop or two doesn't go amiss. The finish is full and lengthy, with chocolate, roasted walnuts, rich oak, and a hint of spice. Outstanding. (8,340 bottles)