Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dusty Thursday: Kentucky Vintage 1974

The current bottling of Kentucky Vintage is an independently bottled bourbon by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. This bottle, however, is a rare Japanese export of the same name. The label states 1974 as the vintage year and it was bottled in 2000 exclusively for the Japanese market. Based on the name and what I've heard about it, I assume it was also a KBD product, but I don't know for certain.

Kentucky Vintage 1974, bottled 2000, 25 years old, 47% abv

The nose has mango, tropical fruit and a bit of shampoo. The palate is very sweet, like fruit punch, and the finish is bitter. Water doesn't help.

Yuck. This stuff is terrible.

See reviews of Kentucky Vintage 1974 by the LA Whiskey Society.


alligatorchar said...

I'm amazed at the sheer volume of older labels you taste. I'm in the market looking high and low for anything interesting and I get my hands on more than my fair share. I've combed my way through part of Arizona's liquor stores and bars and I rarely see anything close to the parades I read in your reviews. I doubt there is that much good dusty hunting left in CA. And I'm figuring auctions aren't more than occasional source if at all for you. I've got to hand to you on your acquistion prowess but I just can't figure how you manage to find all this stuff. Especially on the bourbons.

sku said...

Alligatorchar, much of what I taste for Dusty Thursday are things that others have found and have generously given me a sample.

LA is pretty shopped out. I probably haven't found a good on-the-shelf dusty in LA for a year, but I'm lucky to have a network of friends who travel far and wide and are happy to share their findings.

Anonymous said...

Here in south georgia/ south Carolina, having great fun with dusty hunting. There must be something wrong with me, as I just passes on the latest George Stagg and William Larue Weller, which I finally found in a Florida, to pick up three bottles of Ezra Brooks from the late '70's. I also found two bottles of old Fitzgerald from bourbon heritage collection. However, if my wife finds I've gone into some sketchy liquor store again, I think she will kill me.