Review #244 Starlight Carl T Straight Bourbon Whiskey


Distillery: Starlight Distillery

Proof: 92

Age: 4 Years

Mashbill: Blend of 60% Corn, 20% Rye, 20% Malted Barley & 51% Corn, 20% Rye, 20% Malted Barley, 9% Wheat


BACKGROUND: 20 minutes outside of Louisville, Kentucky Starlight, Indiana is the home to the family owned Starlight Distillery. Running back 8 generations, currently run by father Ted & his two sons who have been making quite the name for themselves over the past few years. Known for their “sweet mash” technique, with barrels dry aged for a minimum of 2 years, up to 4. Named after the Grandfather of 6th generation co-owners Greg & Ted, the Huber’s felt it only fitting to title this signature blend after their 4th generation grandfather “Carl T” who had a love for bourbon.


NOSE: A very soft/light and standard bourbon whiskey nose with scents of vanilla, caramel, oak, and some slight rye spice (20/25)


PALATE: A very sweet flavor profile with notes of caramel, banana bread, vanilla, and oak sugars. The overall profile is very thin but sweet and balanced (33/40)


FINISH: Short in length with notes of oak and rye and some slight barrel char (20/25)


VALUE: With a $35 SRP you can't go wrong for a sweet and enjoyable whiskey (9/10)


Overall: 82/100


FINAL THOUGHTS: This is the perfect budget bourbon that can be enjoyed time and time again. An overall sweet whiskey with smooth flavors


Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: New Riff Small Batch

Similar & Equal Whiskey: Still ATX The Musician

Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon


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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