The bourbon sample used for this review was provided at no cost, courtesy of the respective company.

15 STARS namesake comes from Kentucky, being recognized as the 15th state on the second US Flag, which displays 15 stars and 15 stripes.

This father-and-son duo has already won awards for their previous spirits. The brand’s newest edition is finished in Sherry Casks and won Double Gold at the New York Wine & Spirits Competition. If you think that was great, the edition also took overall best bourbon.

The bar has been raised. I have high hopes for this edition.

After pouring into my trusted Glencairn, the nose was predominantly vanilla, brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon. I would equate it to Snickerdoodle cookies.

The taste continued with the snickerdoodle theme, but I detected a bit of butterscotch and caramel.

As a wine drinker, I immediately picked up on the Sherry finish. It is a little salty with nutty undertones, which I enjoyed.

The finish was somewhat thick and warm, which lasted a little while. I picked up on black pepper, cinnamon, and oak, with very little to no Sherry. That is not surprising, as most cask finishes hit the front and do not carry through to the end.

I did enjoy this edition from 15 STARS. A well-balanced blended bourbon, aged 10 years and at 115 proof, will set you back $179, but HEY! In this bourbon climate, $179 for a secondary finished bourbon is becoming the norm.

This whiskey receives 4/5 Barrels.

Click here for more Bourbon Reviews.

The Bourbon Flight Staff | + posts