I’ve been a big fan of most of Steve and Paul Beam’s limited edition Yellowstone bourbon releases, and I’ve had an excellent private selection, but until now I haven’t really had their standard releases. I suppose that the “Landmark Edition” release isn’t exactly standard, at least insofar as this series of six bottles celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Yellowstone Bourbon brand with different scenes from the national park that inspired the brand.
But it’s probably the same bourbon used for the standard releases. I reached out to the brand manager for information about the bourbon itself. I asked for the mash bill; the age/ages contained in this small batch; and whether the blend included bourbon distilled at Limestone Branch, Lux Row, or perhaps a third area distillery that everyone knew was the source for Lux Row (or some combination). Unfortunately, despite several requests, I got nothing back.
I suppose sometimes it can be better to not know the source, but I’m still interested to see how Limestone Branch and Lux Row are coming along.
Bourbon: Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Edition: Landmark Edition celebrating Yellowstone’s 150th Anniversary
ABV: 46.5% (93 proof)
Classic caramel with baking spice and nuttiness, along with faint orange zest and maybe some toasted marshmallow.
More classic bourbon notes as predicted by the aromas: caramel and vanilla, baking spice, and a fair oak note, but young green oak. I lost the citrus but gained light fruit. This hits many of the marks without really exceeding any expectations.
Crisp finish of oak and black pepper with a quick hit of heat.
This is a nice standard bourbon, although too short on the finish. There’s no particular pizzazz and it doesn’t necessarily stand out, especially in the crowded $40-$50 range, where there are some absolute stunners. In contrast, every bottle from Limestone Branch has been beautiful, and some have been stunning. I have faith in Steve and Paul that the contents will one day match that beauty.
Disclaimer: The brand managers kindly
sent me a sample for this review,
without any strings attached.