Review #​202 Kings Family Distillery Straight Bourbon

Distillery: Kings Family Distillery

Proof: 87

Age: 2 years

Mashbill: N/A


BACKGROUND: King's Family Distillery is a craft whiskey distillery nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain in Tennessee. They were founded in 2018 by power couple Justin and Cara King. Justin and Cara had more than a decade of experience across a vast array of the whiskey industry.


NOSE: The nose on this expression is quite sweet and welcoming, opening with notes of dark fruits, maple oak, and a light ethanol spice. As my nose adjusted I started pulling a woody tone of flavors meshing into one comparable to fresh sawdust. (21/25)


PALATE: A very light oily feel, notes of vanilla, honey, and maple honey. As you palate adjust some more floral and dark fruity notes, almost comparable to dark licorice. There is an overall dark smoky taste that borders on tobacco flavor that blends wonderfully with the light notes. (30/40)


FINISH: A short and mild finish leaving you with delicious light spiced notes accompanied by that woody sawdust flavor that was so prevalent in the nose. (22/25)


VALUE: For $30 this is a terrific buy, loaded with traditional whiskey flavors that can make a wonderful mixed drink or enjoy neat. (7/10)


Overall: 80/100


FINAL THOUGHTS: As I continue to try more expressions from kings distillery I become a bigger and bigger fan, for the quality of the dram with the price, you really can't go wrong with this.


Slightly Better Whiskey: Woodinville Straight Bourbon

Equal Whiskey: Woodford Reserve

Slightly Worse Whiskey: Basil Haydens


Scoring Legend:

96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods

90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey

85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this

80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there

75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf

70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this

60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers

50-59: Not my cup of tea

Below 50: Give away




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