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    KBD Pure Kentucky XO 12/107

    I picked this up as the final contestant in my planned Flight 107.

    But, I was surprise to find very little information on this bourbon. I know it is KKBD, and thus there are some that are annoyed that the source is not a known (but I am not going to go down the same road of the Mind-Blown Thread here).

    What little I did come up with here is that it looked like this was going to be discontinued back some 5 years ago... and indeed it seems all talk ended around them.

    But this is a 2011 batch, so it is not a dusty. And the price seems to have gone back up to its pre-discount levels from the deep discounts some were seeing then.

    So, I am curious... has anybody else ventured into Pure Kentucky XO? 12 Years Old and 107 Proof is what sucked me in here (since Weller 12 appears to snub its nose at NJ), and I figure with that kind of age and being a higher proof, somebody much have some insight to share before I crack this thing open.

    What say ye? Have you given the XO a try?

    Edit:I will post my tasting notes tomorrow, but I want to see what you think first. Should I be scared? Or is this as good as I think it can be?
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    Re: KBD Pure Kentucky XO 12/107

    Quote Originally Posted by JayMonster View Post
    I picked this up as the final contestant in my planned Flight 107.

    But, I was surprise to find very little information on this bourbon. I know it is KKBD, and thus there are some that are annoyed that the source is not a known (but I am not going to go down the same road of the Mind-Blown Thread here).

    What little I did come up with here is that it looked like this was going to be discontinued back some 5 years ago... and indeed it seems all talk ended around them.

    But this is a 2011 batch, so it is not a dusty. And the price seems to have gone back up to its pre-discount levels from the deep discounts some were seeing then.

    So, I am curious... has anybody else ventured into Pure Kentucky XO? 12 Years Old and 107 Proof is what sucked me in here (since Weller 12 appears to snub its nose at NJ), and I figure with that kind of age and being a higher proof, somebody much have some insight to share before I crack this thing open.

    What say ye? Have you given the XO a try?
    If it's an age statement Pure Kentucky, it's a dusty. Pure Kentucky has been NAS for at least 4 years now, and while I like the current release, would love to know your thoughts on the 12yr!

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    Re: KBD Pure Kentucky XO 12/107

    Yes I have, and it's a whiskey I always liked. It has a unique combination (in my experience) of maturity and younger bourbon character. For instance I've always gotten rooty tastes, even some corn oil, yet with rich barrel tones like caramel and maple sugar. I've always thought it must result from being aged in a specific location in a specific warehouse.

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    Re: KBD Pure Kentucky XO 12/107

    Quote Originally Posted by White Dog View Post
    If it's an age statement Pure Kentucky, it's a dusty. Pure Kentucky has been NAS for at least 4 years now, and while I like the current release, would love to know your thoughts on the 12yr!
    I questioned you on the other thread about this as well.

    I state it is 12 Years because in the description it states that it a small batch of Bourbons "12 Years or older" BUT does not have the normal clear Age Statement.

    That is why I state 12 years... but I guess this is the NAS edition. It is batch number 11-183, so it is probably safe to assume this is a 2011 bottling.

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    Re: KBD Pure Kentucky XO 12/107

    Quote Originally Posted by JayMonster View Post
    I questioned you on the other thread about this as well.

    I state it is 12 Years because in the description it states that it a small batch of Bourbons "12 Years or older" BUT does not have the normal clear Age Statement.

    That is why I state 12 years... but I guess this is the NAS edition. It is batch number 11-183, so it is probably safe to assume this is a 2011 bottling.
    Went to the basement and grabbed my current release bottle. Crazy. I'll type out the full back label sentence in question.

    "Barrel aged for at least 12 years, or more, depending upon climatic seasons."

    Wow. What in the world does the "climatic seasons" accomplish for the legality of this NAS statement???

    FWIW, my batch is 11-50.

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    Re: KBD Pure Kentucky XO 12/107

    The one I picked up the other day says "Barrel aged for at least ten years, or more, depending upon climatic seasons."

    NAS on the label, but there is another smaller sticker on the side that has

    Original~ Small Batch Bourbon
    Handmade in Kentucky 7-26-94
    Aged in new Charred Oak Barrels
    Hand Bottled in Kentucky 1-28-05

    Symbol of Quality DSP-KY-78
    BATCH QBC No 526

    The dates and the batch number are written in by hand. The sticker is the cursive font.

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    Re: KBD Pure Kentucky XO 12/107

    The last one, and only one that I've had was quite woody. It really didn't do much for me. Remembering back, It was one that at one point I was thinking of pitching the remainder in the bottle.

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    Re: KBD Pure Kentucky XO 12/107

    Quote Originally Posted by redbear View Post
    The one I picked up the other day says "Barrel aged for at least ten years, or more, depending upon climatic seasons."

    NAS on the label, but there is another smaller sticker on the side that has

    Original~ Small Batch Bourbon
    Handmade in Kentucky 7-26-94
    Aged in new Charred Oak Barrels
    Hand Bottled in Kentucky 1-28-05

    Symbol of Quality DSP-KY-78
    BATCH QBC No 526

    The dates and the batch number are written in by hand. The sticker is the cursive font.
    Like WhiteDog, my bottle says, "Barrel aged for 12 years..."

    I have a similar sticker, except it does not have the "Handemade In Kentucky" or "Hand Bottled in Kentuck" or the corresponding dates. Just the same Symbol of Quality DSP-KY-78 and the Batch code, which as I mentioned was 11-183.

    So, I guess they went younger for a while, and now are back to 12 year? Maybe the "climactic seasons" were different?

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    Re: KBD Pure Kentucky XO 12/107

    Climactic seasons would refer I think to the effects on the maturing bourbon of varying weather conditions. I think they are saying it is bottled at 12 (or 10 in some cases) years old but older in some cases to ensure the profile for the brand was reached.

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    Re: KBD Pure Kentucky XO 12/107

    I wonder if the mention of climatic seasons deals with aging outside, like an open air rick. I would wager hat there are very few distilleries who do that now days.
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