Flatboat Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Flatboat is Liquor Barn's (big box liquor store in KY) privately selected bourbon. Liquor Barn's "spirits expert" Brad Williams hand selected the barrels in collaboration with distillers at Barton 1792. He selected the barrels, directed the bottling proof, and helped to developed the marketing plan, which pays homage to Kentucky whiskey's original shipping method.

I imagine a flatboat ride from northern Kentucky to Louisiana would be a wild time. Sort of a mix of Huck Finn and Redneck Yacht Club.

Bulleit whiskeys are named for Augustus Bulleit who died mysteriously while traveling south via flatboat. I am surprised it took this long for someone to use the flatboat in their marketing. I like it. 


Barton 1792 Distillery
90 proof
$28 at Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY

Color: Light, bright, translucent gold. Looks young.

Nose: Flatboat is light on the nose but very pleasant.  I get toasted marshmallow, freshly squeezed oranges, and youthful oak.

Tasting Notes: The entrance is smooth.  Honey, dusted corn, oak, some cinnamon, very little spice.  The body is very thin, the mouthfeel is watery.    

Overall: B-. Tasty but not remarkable. An easy sipper.  Makes a decent bourbon cocktail.

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