At 93 proof, this whiskey brings the rye while at the same time presenting a mid palate ripe with dark red fruits and sweet caramel. This is a nice bourbon.
What it is
Yellowstone Select is a blend of Kentucky made bourbons bottled at 93 proof under the supervision of Limestone Branch distillery. It is not aged stated.
The bottle is sold in attractive brown tubes, and the tall, sloped-shoulder bottle is adorned with a nicely appointed paper label with gold lettering. It’s very attractive.
Oiled leather greets the nose with a heavy does of oak and dark fruit. There’s a prickly spiciness on the back end as well.
The tip of the tongue gets a quick hit of black pepper rye spice. But that quickly gives way to dark fruits- plums, maraschino cherries, and sweet caramel on the mid palate, before the oak, barrel tannins, and another healthy dose of rye hits the back of the tongue. Overall, the viscous mouthfeel of this bourbon is outstanding. It’s creamy throughout.
Long, spicy, with plenty of oak, the finish seems to linger on this bourbon.
This is a surprisingly pleasant bourbon to sip. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this bottle, but the result is a very interesting bourbon with a nice play between the rye spices and heavy sweet fruits on the mid palate. I wouldn’t have been surprised if I had learned this was barrel finished in port barrels or something to that effect. However it was achieved, the folks at Limestone Branch did an excellent job picking this blend. It’s worth a pickup at this price.
ModernThirst.com Score: 89 out of 100 Points