Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star – Review #14

Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star Background

Ancient Ancient Age 10 StarAncient Ancient Age 10 Star is a part of three Ancient Age family of products. There’s this 90-proof bottle, the regular Ancient Age bottled at 80-proof and and Ancient Ancient Age 10 year. One might assume Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star is aged 10 years, but it’s not. The bottle says aged at least 36 months, so we can probably assume this is 3-4 years old. By law, Bourbons must state minimum age below four years, so likely they wouldn’t tell us 36 months if it were four years old. The actual 10 year bottle apparently isn’t widely available outside of Kentucky and is on hiatus for a while if not outright discontinued. That’s a shame since it seems to be well regarded.

I picked Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star up purely because it was cheap and it’s a part of the Buffalo Trace Mash #2. I previously reviewed Elmer T Lee, Blanton’s, Rock Hill Farms, and Hancock’s President’s Reserve. I doubt I’ll bother picking up the regular Ancient Age, so unless I get my hands on some Blanton’s export, this should wrap up this mini series.

Details

90-proof, Aged minimum 3 years. Uses Buffalo Trace’s Mash #2, which is through to be 13-15% rye. MSRP – $13.99 (2016 Price)

Aroma

Apples, fruity. Bready. Biscuits.

Flavor

Fruity sweetness comes through from the nose. Obvious connections here to the other Mash #2 Bourbons. Bready again and some sourness. Goes down easy. Little to no burn, spice, or flavor.

Overall

Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star is cheap stuff, but still well made straight Bourbon. And hey, it’s 90-proof. It’s not rotgut by any means, so if that’s what you’re drinking this would be a budget friendly upgrade. Biggest flaw is its boring, but actually not as bad as the price may suggest. If you’re looking to enjoy Bourbon neat, you’ll want to spend a few more bucks and move up a shelf. There’s no discussion on that point. If, however, you’re prepping for a dystopian future with zombies and such, you could do a lot than worse than stocking a few cases of Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star.

Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star Recommendation

Pass – 1.5/5 Rating

(My 5 point scale: Pass, Try a Glass, Buy a Bottle, Buy Again, Shut Up and Take My Money – Bottle price is taken into consideration for recommendations.)

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