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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Day 251 Drink: Wathen's Kentucky Bourbon

I am in Louisville on a press junket and went with a couple of fellow beverage writers to Proof on Main to check out the Bourbon selection and view some of the amazing art collected by the owners of the attached hotel.

One of the Bourbons I had not tried that came highly recommended was Wathen's, made by the Charles Medley Distillery in Owensboro, Kentucky. The distillery traces its roots back eight generations.

Wathen's Kentucky Bourbon is a 94 proof single barrel bourbon that has a lovely bright color. There is plenty of oak in the nose and the initial sip is very nutty. As the Bourbon opens, hints of fruit emerge. Introducing a couple of cubes of ice changes the drink almost immediately. The nose gives off a pleasant vanilla aroma and the flavor becomes much fuller and rich. The oak is still very present and there is a hint of orange peel and dark skin fruits.

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