Kings County Peated Bourbon 375ml
$98.00

Kings County Peated Bourbon 375ml

45% ABV. Peated Bourbon? Is that even possible? Legend has it that this unique bourbon resulted from malt shortage at the distillery. Faced with a waning supply of malted barley (which makes up 20% of KCD's regular mash bill) a distiller grabbed some peated malt by accident to finish the batch. A year later, the spirit was sampled and the results were so delicious that KCD decided to make a thing of it.To be clear, this is not a classic bourbon finished in a peated cask. It's a whiskey that conforms to the requirements for bourbon, yet is made with a percentage of peated malt. Obviously, this is a practice more commonly associated with Scotch whiskies and the malt Kings County use for this whiskey was even grown and kilned in Scotland. The peated malt represents 30% of the mash bill alongside 70% New York State organic corn (from Klaus and Mary Howell-Martens at Lakeview Organic Grain). So it's an original and impressively complex Scotch-meets-bourbon hybrid. Flavourful and robust from having aged in a new barrel, yet with a light, smoky, peat-infused finish reminiscent of a single-malt. We think it's something special, and while it's superb sipping on its own, it also makes a killer Smoky Manhattan (with apologies to the rye purists)."Dark muscovado sugars mixed with orange peel, liquorice... and peat reek!!! Adorable delivery: thick corn oil is awash with molten muscovado. The smoke keeps a respectful distance, but is there with ever-thickening tannins; spices grow, the peat murmurs, the tannins throb quietly amid residual sugars... Quite stunningly lovely." (94 points. Superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live) Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible 2017"The dram is salt-forward from start to finish, interspersed with rich bursts of flavor. Hot rubber, pretzels, slightly bitter baker's chocolate, warm leather, and hard candies define the palate...peat is not a primary element, but it is clear that this is an exceptionally complex spirit..."(