About – As with many brands under the Willett (Kentucky Bourbon Distillers) umbrella, the history of the Old Bardstown label is difficult to trace. What we do know is that this bourbon is currently distilled and aged by Willett. It is bottled in bond so we know that it is at least 4 years old. Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond is bottled at 100 proof, costs around $25, and is only available in Kentucky.
Nose – Cherry syrup with a hint of mint hit first. As it opens up there is a dark brown sugar that comes in. A very typical Willett nose, slightly green, but not in a detrimental way.
Palate – Lots of Cinnamon. Thin mouthfeel. There is a cloying sweetness that seems almost artificial. The youth from the nose shows up slightly on the backed. The finish is an absolutely beautiful cherry and is medium in length.
Score – B-
Verdict – Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond has all of the classic Willett flavors and aromas. It is just a bit young to truly excel. If you are looking for an entry point into the world of Willett this would be an excellent choice. I will be picking up another one of these on my next trip to the Bluegrass State.