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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kings County Bourbon: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Kings County Bourbon
Eric and Jeremy, who are two of the people who help score my Whisk(e)y Wednesday posts, recently took a trip to New York and came back with a bottle of bourbon from the Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn. This place has gotten a lot of media attention as one of the darlings of the artisan distilling movement so I anxiously awaited our tasting! Unfortunately, the Kings County failed to live up the hype. The nose had a strong mineral aroma in addition to the corn ethanol. It smelled like a freshly opened sack of deer corn to me. More corn came through on the taste, which is to be expected in a bourbon, but not like this. It had a flavor of roasted corn in the husk but with more of a savory bite than sweetness. Jeremy noted that the bourbon's flavor proved to be all corn with no complexity. On the finish the there was a bit of spice but no oak at all other than some charcoal bitterness. Eric called the bourbon simple and pretentious. Jeremy may have summed it up best when he said it "tastes like Brooklyn." Indeed, the whiskey reeks of hipster skinny jeans, colorful shoes, and American Spirits.

Kings County Bourbon

Average Score 52.67


Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay DucoteEric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.