Kings County Peated Bourbon Review

Review by Mark Pringle |
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87 Highly Rated Bourbon General Review of Kings County Peated Bourbon

I'm figuring out where to begin with this surprisingly excellent Kings County Peated Bourbon. I use the word "surprisingly" because I have never been a huge Scotch fan or lover of peat. So, I was surprised when I fell in love with this whiskey after trying it at a friend's house. 

Kings County Peated Bourbon Review

Kings County Peated Bourbon is made with malted barley exposed to peat smoke, a practice common in scotch whiskies. According to Kings County Distillery, the malt used for this peated bourbon was grown and kilned in Scotland. The result is a wonderfully creamy and rich whiskey with all the attributes of a great bourbon but with a layer of peat. Let's get into the specifics in this Kings County Peated Bourbon review.

Rating: 87


Ratings breakdown based on a 100 point scale.

  • 90-100 Exceptional
  • 80-89 Very Good
  • 70-79 Average
  • 60-69 Below Average
  • 50-60 Drain Pour

Detailed Tasting Notes

Nose Review - Rating: 84

The first word that came to mind as I nosed Kings County Peated Bourbon was creamy. Good whiskeys have a density to the aroma, and this bourbon combined that density with a buttery brown sugar, oak, and peat blend. The peated smoke aroma is definitely milder than you will find in most scotches. Of course, this is to be expected because it's bourbon.

You have to work hard to discern any ethanol in the aroma, which is good. While the nose is not overly complex, it is a pleasing and delightful nosing experience. I swirled the glass some, and that released the baking spices. Suddenly, the aroma switched back to a more spirited smoky peat.

Palate Review - Rating: 89

On the first sip, the palate was a reflection of the nose. However, the oak became more prominent as it mixed with malt and brown sugar. The excellent peat taste complemented the sweetness of the brown sugar.

A viscosity to the mouthfeel adds to the enjoyment of this tasting experience. Kings County Peated Bourbon drinks right at its 94-proof. Again, this is an excellent-tasting bourbon. I don't know if I am dazzled because this is a unique experience for my palate, but I have had two bottles of this, and both have been amazing.

At first, I didn't pick out the malty dark non-sweet baker's chocolate on the palate, but it was there the entire time. It popped up on the finish first, and when I returned to the palate, it was there.

Finish Review - Rating: 80

Kings County Peated Bourbon's finish goes dry and leathery as the brown sugar fades, leaving only the oak and peat. Suddenly, dark non-sweet baker's chocolate comes out of nowhere. I didn't distinguish the chocolate at first, so I had to return to the palate, and there it was. The finish was initially slightly hotter than its 94-proof as it hit the back of my throat, then turned warm and went smoothly down the esophagus.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 93

As I said previously, I may be being too enthusiastic here, but Kings County Peated Bourbon is a new tasting experience for my palate, so the uniqueness factor is off the charts.

Value Review - Rating: 86

Extremely enjoyable at a $64.99 price point in the state of Georgia.

Author: Mark Pringle
Smell IS taste. I am just a guy who has been hit with the bourbon bug and who has come to the conclusion that life is too short to drink average tasting bourbons. Go Gators!
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