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

What better way to start Mardi Gras than tasting Kentucky Owl’s 11-year-old Mardi Gras XO Limited Edition Rye Whiskey? Finished in Bayou XO Casks and at 102.8 proof, you will swear you are on Bourbon Street.

Kentucky Owl is one of the oldest distilleries, founded in 1879 by C.M. Dedman.

“Laissez les bons temps rouler”—Let the good times roll!


This is not a typical rye whiskey in the sense that the aroma does not subdue other elements of the drink. This is due to being finished in Bayou Rum XO casks.

The secondary finish allows the whiskey to elevate into a perfect pairing of sweet caramel, butter bread, and the tiniest bit of rum.

The whiskey lingers long and hard, with ginger spice and white pepper coating the back of the throat. With a couple of drops of water, the finish is toned down quite a bit, but if you enjoy a little heat, here is your whiskey.

This whiskey receives 5/5 Barrels

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