Limestone Branch is a fairly new distillery, founded in 2011, by Steve and Paul Beam (yes, those Beams) and located in Lebanon, KY. They offer a few products that I’m going to completely ignore, because this review is about their Yellowstone 2020 Limited Edition Bourbon, the 6th release. While each release has been unique, varying in age and some releases being wine-finished, this 2020 Yellowstone Limited Release goes in a new direction with the Armagnac finish. I can’t speculate why they chose that finish, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the success of other Armagnac finished whiskeys gave them some inspiration.
As I mentioned before, each release has differed in age, and this year’s release uses a 7 year old bourbon (undisclosed source) proofed down to 101 proof. There are no details on the length of the finish or the types of Armagnac barrels that were used, but my best guess is that the bourbon was finished for no more than 8-10 months, since most companies seem to finish theirs for 3-6 months. To my knowledge, only Bardstown Bourbon Company and High West even try to finish their whiskeys for 12+ months and actually tell us about it. I could go on all day about finished whiskeys, but let’s save that for another time and dive into this Yellowstone 2020 Limited Edition Bourbon finished in Armagnac barrels.