GSN Review: The Wiseman Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Kentucky Owl recently announced the release of The Wiseman Bourbon, its first Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey produced and distilled by Kentucky Owl in collaboration with the Bardstown Bourbon Company, both located Bardstown, Kentucky. The product is a blend of Kentucky Owl 4-year-old wheat and high-rye bourbons, along with 5 ½-year and 8 ½-year-old Kentucky-sourced bourbons.

This is the first Kentucky Owl release under John Rhea, Kentucky Owl Master Blender. Rhea, who began in June 2021, previously served as Four Roses Distillery’s chief operating officer, where his responsibilities included quality control, maturation, evaluation and product blending. He was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2016 and served as chair of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association board of directors.

Originally founded by C.M. Dedman in 1879, the Kentucky Owl Bardstown distillery went dark during the Prohibition era and remained dormant until a descendent revived the brand in 2014. Since then, the company’s small batch releases have sold out quickly and received rave reviews. Stoli Group purchased Kentucky Owl in 2017. 

GSN’s Remarks: An easy going high rye content bourbon that is perfect for cocktails, shots or punches. The entry is bright, clean, smooth and laden with notes of caramel and light oak char. The body is light, but warm. At the tail end some cinnamon comes through. The art of the blender is apparent here, having to work with several different agings to achieve the desired effect. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Stoli Group


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