Cream of Kentucky 11.5 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

This Cream of Kentucky bourbon marks the re-birth of an iconic 1930s spirit as a premium whiskey.
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J.W. Rutledge Distillery was founded by former Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge. As the construction of their new sustainable distillery is underway (a facility that utilizes clean technologies like geothermal heating and cooling, solar energy, and biomass energy), Jim Rutledge sources and blends whiskey from other distilleries to put out new releases under the J.W. Rutledge brands, beginning with Cream of Kentucky.

Their aim is to produce Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey the “old-fashioned way” relative to the requisites, guidelines and standards for Straight Whiskey production that have been in place for close to two centuries. The Cream of Kentucky label was first introduced in 1888 by I. Trager & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio. Before Prohibition ended, the brand was picked up by the renowned Schenley Company and re-introduced to the industry in 1934. Cream of Kentucky reached great success in the 30s and 40s, using the work of famed artist Norman Rockwell.

Cream of Kentucky is now owned by J.W. Rutledge, who has recently secured a limited supply of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey he feels is worthy of the rebirth of Cream of Kentucky Bourbon as a premium whiskey. Cream of Kentucky is an 11.5-year-old straight bourbon blend of 60 barrels. Bottled at 102 proof, this bourbon has notes of sweet cherries, vanilla, and dry tannins followed by a floral cracked pepper finish.

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Proof 102 (51% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name J.W. Rutledge
Size 750mL
Sweet cherries on the nose, followed by vanilla, nuts, citrus and baked goods. The palate is rich with tannins, echoing the nose with notes of sweet cherries, vanilla, citrus, and nutty, oaky, caramel flavors. The finish is complex with lingering notes of dry tannins, tobacco, cracked pepper, and floral citrus notes.
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