About – The unifying concept in Discovery Series #2 is a 12-year-old Kentucky bourbon combined with light accents of older and younger Kentucky bourbons. The blend for Discovery Series #2 is made up of three different Kentucky straight bourbons 10, 12, and 14 years old. It is unfiltered and released at full proof, in this case 121.21 Proof. Bardstown Discovery Series #2 is available in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Northern California, and Southern Florida for $129.99.
Nose – A blend of caramel and oak come through first followed by a bit of leather. As it opens up a nice touch of apple comes in with a little baking spice.
Palate – Very rich caramel, a good bit of heat that is more from the proof than a pepper or cinnamon heat. There is a strong presence of oak with a bit of bitter tannin. Finish is spicy oak and rye that is on the longer side.
Score – A-
Verdict – This is a great release. The flavors all have an excellent depth to them. The only thing holding it back from an even higher score is the lack of complexity in those flavors.