I was traveling for work in Pensacola when I decided to stop by a small liquor store on the north side of town. I was pleasantly surprised with the selection of bourbon, but one bottle in particular caught my eye: the Boone County 1833 12-Year Bourbon. I have been looking for this bottle for some time, but I have not had any luck finding it in central and north Florida. Obviously, I walked out with a bottle and opened it immediately when I arrived to my hotel. I didn’t intend on doing a review for this bourbon right away, but I was so impressed with it that I had to post this immediately.
This bourbon was distilled at the MGP Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and then bottled at the Boone County Distillery in Boone County, Kentucky.
The mashbill consists of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley. This bourbon comes in at 90.9 proof (45.4 abv).
Appearance – dark golden amber.
Nose – sweet fruits, mainly cherry, brown sugar, vanilla and caramel (think fresh creme brulee).
Palate – initial sweetness of maraschino cherry, a very mild spiciness, sweet vanilla, and light cinnamon.
Finish – very smooth finish with just the right amount of burn. This bourbon is thick and leaves a nice coating in your mouth. The sweetness of dried fruit and vanilla remains, with light oak undertones.
Overall – I have been looking forward to trying Boone County for some time now and I am hooked. This bourbon is exceptionally smooth and full bodied. The flavor is strong, but not overpowering, and everything blends together seamlessly. This is exactly what I was hoping for with this bourbon. If you are in the Big Bend area and see a bottle, pick it up- I promise you will not be disappointed. This bottle is exceptional and by far one of my favorite bottles for under $80.