Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 47.5% alcohol/Vol 95 Proof
I’m not always the biggest fan of cross promotional materials, especially if it seems forced or corny. With that being said, I was skeptical of the Stateman bourbon being tied to The Kingsman movie franchise. What can I say, I was a fan of Mark Millar comic the first time I read it, I surprisingly enjoyed the movie (in particular Taron Egerton’s portrayal of “Eggsy”) and on the first taste I’ve enjoyed Old Forester’s Statesman bourbon. I think this is a good enough bourbon to speak for itself and Channing Tatum step up, it’s good, but not good enough to make me want to slap my momma.
The coloring is golden amber with medium legs, which reminds me of Sophie Cookson, so that seems fitting.
The nose is smoked toast with hint of oak, there a slight undertone of acetone but it’s not strong.
The first sip drinks hotter than 95 proof with a little heat on the tongue. The first noticeable flavors are cherry pie and toast, followed by peppered leather and a slight citrus twist. With this being a hard to find $55 bottle, I might have been expecting a little more. This is a fun glass that is flavorful and a little cheeky, much like the movie. I prefer the Old Forester Birthday Bourbon and the 1920 Prohibition recipe, but this is still a strong pour.