One of this past fall’s newest bourbons was 15 Stars Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. 15 Stars is a merchant bottler with the good fortune of being able to source from Kentucky—which of course is getting easier, but not yet for the age obtained by 15 Stars. This 15 Stars bourbon is a blend of 7 and 15-year old bourbons, which is almost unheard of in the Kentucky sourced market.
15 Stars Tasting Notes
Whiskey: 15 Stars Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
ABV: 53.5% (107 proof)
Dark amber consistent with its age.
The age is also evident in the aromas. The proof is hidden behind richly sweet aromas of caramel and vanilla that come with age, along with dark ripe fruit, brown sugar, cinnamon, leather and oak. The leather in particular had a subtly of old worn leather.
Creamy and nutty with great vanilla and a little less caramel than I expected. The oakiness is exceptional. It also hides the proof, not that 107 is “high” anymore, but I still would not have guessed that it was over 100 proof.
The finish is long, starting with brown sugar sweetness before shifting to a drying oak and more leather as it fades, with some cherry cola as it finally disappears.
This is an impressive bourbon. My flavor memories can’t peg the source, which I suppose is a testament to the blending and creating something different than the distiller produces. Definitely be on the lookout for yourself or as a gift this season.
Disclaimer: The brand managers kindly
sent me a sample for this review,
without any strings attached.