Blue Run Kentucky Straight High Rye Bourbon Whiskey Review

This week I’m doing a review that has gotten a lot of hype because of a contractor they hired. This week I will be reviewing Blue Run and the contractor is Jim Rutledge the famous former master distiller of Four Roses. Let’s see if it gives me the blues or makes me want to go run out for more.


NAME – Blue Run Kentucky Straight High Rye Bourbon Whiskey


PROOF – 111


AGE – non-age stated


COLOR – golden wheat (1.3 russet muscat on the Whiskey Magazine Color Chart)


NOSE – Baking spice hits hard up front. Caramel sweetness and the longer it sits then berries start coming out. I get blackberries and red raspberry. Also, a touch of bing cherry.


TASTE – Really interesting where there is a caramel sweetness that goes right up the middle of the tongue and then rye spice and baking spices on both sides of the tongue and you experience them at the same time. A bit of sweet tea is in this also.


FINISH – I would call this a short finish. This has about the same finish as sweet tea. Some sweetness and a little baking spice at the end.


REVIEW – This is a pleasant pour but certainly nothing special. Minimal complexity and a very short finish make this a couch pour for me that is in a nice bottle.


FINAL COMMENTS – Blue Run Kentucky Straight High Rye Bourbon is a small-batch whiskey and is the first Blue Run product with Bourbon Hall of Famer Jim Rutledge serving as the contracted Master Distiller and was distilled at Castle & Key Distillery. For their previous sourced bourbons, Jim Rutledge served as the Liquid Advisor, and approved the barrels which were selected and used. This time, he was actually in charge of the distillation.