Review: Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion #1

In recent weeks, I’ve spoken a lot about Bardstown Bourbon Company as both a business and a tourist destination. Today, I’m going to focus solely on the whiskey itself.

BBCo. Fusion contains some of the first in-house distilled whiskey the company has released. I’ve been saying for a while now that the future of whisk(e)y is blending, especially in the bourbon world where large batches of well-aged stocks just don’t exist anymore. Bardstown Bourbon Company is taking blending in a few different directions. With Fusion, they created a whiskey made up of 40% 11 year, 7 month Kentucky bourbon and blended it with 42% high rye BBC bourbon aged 2 years, 1 month and 18% wheated bourbon from BBC aged 2 years, 3 months. The transparency of mash bills, ages, and blending percentages is a big plus for me.

Unlike some blending NDPs with more “interesting” pricing models, this is retailing for $59.99. There are enthusiasts out there that will see that percentage of 2 year old whiskey and associate that with a 2 year age statement. While that’s technically true, it doesn’t tell the whole story. If the end product tastes good, I really don’t care what goes into the bottle.

That’s a big “if” though. Let’s get to the tasting notes.

Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion bottle outside
A beautifully designed bottle.
Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion #1 - 49.45% ABV
Category Notes
Appearance Caramel
Nose Cinnamon, toffee, sweet cherries, vanilla, apples, hint of melon, cherry cola.
Taste Surprisingly sweet at first, orange peel, intense red hots, slightly leathery, clove, pepper, milk chocolate, astringent oak.
Finish A very soft arrival, oaky vanilla, allspice, caramel. The oak and spice remain for a bit. Spice but little heat.
Overall Thoughts There’s youth to this whisky but it’s not “2 year old” levels of youth. I heard that BBCo. went through about 50 different blends before settling on this one. They’re working on Fusion Batch 2 and I expect it to be even better as both their own stocks age and their blending skills evolve over time. The main knocks on this were a slightly rough oak note on the palate and a finish that lacked complexity. That's to be expected with whiskey this young. Other than that, this is a flavorful whiskey that has me excited for the future of these releases.
Total Score 84/100