American Whiskey - Bourbon

Kentucky Tavern Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Tier 3
This is a Tier 3 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics recommended the spirit but it will be a value brand or have an exotic taste.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

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Proof66 Notes

Kentucky Tavern Straight Bourbon is a value brand offered through Barton Brands of Kentucky. The marketing website makes the claim that the brand has been in existence for 110 years.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 6 ratings and 6 reviews.
Tango Tango (121)
Rating: 2.0 (2016-09-20)
Under Glenmore Distillery, Kentucky Tavern was a good 8 year old whisky. Barton Brands when they brought it degraded it into an one star bland tasteless wheaten 3year old bourbon. Sazerac upon buying it has upgraded it to a three year old value high corn rye bourbon in a new stylist square bottle. The nose is rich with balance oak, vanilla, spice and, caramel. The entry is smooth sweet corn, black tea ending with sweet spice and vanilla finish.It is too sweet for my taste. It has high corn mash bill with a little rye. It is over the top with sweetness.
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alverstone14586 alverstone14586 (4)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-12-25)
I tend to favor smooth, mellow, bourbon. Stumbled onto this bourbon and like it's drinkability. I don't tend to mix my bourbon. Very smooth and at the right price. Worth a try. If it is not for you,at least, you didn't spend a bundle to find out.
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Fitzgerald1119 Fitzgerald1119 (36)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-09-08)
Very good mixer, not bad for just drinking either for a $10 bottle. Very comparable to some other "budget" or "well" bourbons.
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AlfredReece1992 AlfredReece1992 (27)
Rating: 2.0 (2014-07-10)
Its drinkable, but not much else... at ten bucks it isn't going to be. If your on a budget and find this give it a try
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Storcke Storcke (39)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-02-21)
I agree with aslezak: It's lower-shelf and only 80 proof, but very drinkable, no harshness or bitterness, long on sweet corn flavor and short on rye, but a pleasant sipping experience. Seems more like a corn whisky than bourbon. I would like to see it at a higher proof. Well worth ten bucks a liter.
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Review Comments
Tango (2016-09-20):
You are right. Very heavy on the corn and too sweet.

aslezak aslezak (28)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-02-07)
So one thing you need to learn is that straight bourbon from Kentucky is almost always pretty good. This is the cheapest of this sort (aged at least 4 years) at Specs and I finally bought it. It's really pretty decent, I would say a $20 1.75l but for closer to $15. It's not complex at all but at this price is quite palatable if not a great value. Drink it neat or mix it, at this price who cares!
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