A few years ago when we were touring a bunch of distilleries in Kentucky, Willett was one of the ones we hit up and really enjoyed. So, that was the first time I tried Johnny Drum and enjoyed it. We brought a bottle back with us, but that’s been gone for awhile now, so sad. It was one I wanted to backfill and now I finally have. So, I’m curious at to what I think of it now. Onward!
Company: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD)
Distillery: The bottle says Johnny Drum Distilling Company but it’s probably Heaven Hill.
Location: Bardstown, KY
Mash bill: ?
Age: NAS. Used to be 15 years, but they dropped the age statement.
ABV: 50.5% alcohol (101 proof)
Color: Golden Blonde with a little Amber
Nose: Grass, a little ethanol, oak, oats, grains, light caramel and vanilla, cinnamon, little musty, very earthy, tobacco.
Taste: Heavy caramel and vanilla, little dark chocolate bitterness, little bit of grassy flavor, but I like it. The more it sits the more caramels notes come out.
Finish: Medium finish, packs a little heat that lingers on your tongue and throat. Slightly bitter, but in a good way, like dark chocolate.
Overall: I think this Bourbon is balanced nicely. There isn’t any fruit, but I don’t really miss it. The grassy overtones fit well and I kinda like that as a different balancer. Overall, I like this. 👍🏼 If you’re out of town (sorry Okies!), grab this Bourbon and give it a go! It’s worth the reasonable price. Plus, it could be a great middle of the road Bourbon if you are ready to step your game up a notch.