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Yellowstone Bourbon: A Pour for the People.

Imagine stepping back to 1872, a pivotal year in American history and the birth of Yellowstone Bourbon, which was first bottled by J.B. Dant at his Cold Springs distillery near Gethsemane, Ky., it was crafted in a bid to create a bourbon that mirrored the park's grandeur. It wasn't just about distillation; it was about capturing the essence of adventure, heritage, and the indomitable spirit of the land.


As the decades unfolded, Yellowstone Bourbon navigated its course through the turbulent waters of Prohibition, a testament to its resilience and unwavering commitment to its craft. While others faltered, this bourbon stood tall, finding innovative ways to continue its legacy, preserving its flavours for the generations to come.


By the 1960s, Yellowstone Bourbon had become synonymous with excellence, earning accolades as the "Greatest American Whiskey" and capturing the hearts of whiskey connoisseurs across the nation. Its journey was not merely about sales and statistics; it was about a deep-rooted connection with those who appreciated the art of a finely crafted bourbon.


At the heart of it all lies the Beam family's legacy—a heritage of whiskey mastery passed down through generations, culminating in Stephen Beam, the Founder and Master Distiller of Yellowstone Bourbon, under whose guidance Yellowstone embarked on a new chapter in 2015 at Limestone Branch Distillery. The introduction of the Yellowstone Select expression marked a renaissance—a harmonious blend of heritage and modernity, where the old met the new in a symphony of flavours.


Yellowstone Select: A Timeless Tribute


Yellowstone Select, a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, epitomizes the culmination of seven generations of distilling expertise. With a blend of 4- and 7-year bourbons, it offers an accessible yet complex flavour profile that pays homage to classic bourbon traditions.


As we pour a dram of Yellowstone Select, our nostrils are tickled by a delightful array of aromas that set the stage for what is to come. The nose reveals notes of spearmint, dried grasses, rye and baking spice, intermingling with hints of caramel, hints of smoke and cherries. A formidable start, hinting at the complexity that awaits.


Upon our first sip, the palate unfolds with a harmonious melange of flavours. The initial rush of sweet caramel and spice give way to nuances of citrus and spice, peanut, and dried grains, all wrapped in a light oakiness. Each sip is being enhanced by a creamy mouthfeel that leaves a lip-smacking, lasting impression.


As the journey concludes with the finish, we savour the warmth and medium length of the aftertaste. Lingering notes of umami, buttery molasses, baking spice, and oak dance on the top of our mouths, leaving a memorable and more-ish finish.


What sets Yellowstone Select apart with its carefully calibrated balance between sweetness and spice is its subtle yet satisfying character. It does not clamour for attention but instead invites you to savour its nuances and enjoy its harmonious company. A borderline ideal bourbon for relaxed evenings, shared conversations, and moments of quiet appreciation.


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Words by AW.

Photo courtesy of Yellowstone Bourbon.


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