Legent Bourbon is one of those modern-day bourbons that doesn’t quite easily fit into one of the established and traditional categories that make up the American Bourbon whiskey market. That is not necessarily a bad thing.
Legent prides itself on bringing something new and fresh to the everyday bourbon customer with a fairly untraditional aging process at the heart of their production process.
The Bourbon is the brainchild of master distiller Fred Noe, produced by Beam Suntory and owned by the world-famous Jim Beam company, which oversees the bourbon’s distilling and bottling efforts. Whether you are a fan of old school whiskey, or modern-day interpretations of classics, this is most definitely a whiskey that you should strongly consider trying.
Legent Bourbon’s mash bill consists of 76% corn, 12% rye, and 10% malted barley. The bourbon is aged for about 6 years, with the final aging steps in red wine and then sherry casks (approximately 1 and 2 extra years, respectively). The bourbon completes its aging process with a final proof rating of 94, ranking it slightly above the industry’s average proof rating.
Cocktail Choice #1: “Kentucky Kyushiki”
This cocktail recipe is sure to keep your palate intrigued and engaged in a unique fusion of Eastern and Western cultures.
To start, you will want to gather 2 ounces of Legent Bourbon, ½ ounces of green tea simple syrup, 3 dashes of lavender bitters, and a lemon peel for garnishing purposes.
To make the green tea simple syrup, gather a cup of sugar, a cup of water, and one green tea bag. Put the water, sugar, and green tea bag into a saucepan and bring the water to a medium simmer. Once all of the sugar has dissolved, the mixture is complete. Allow the syrup to cool before using it in the cocktail recipe.
Once the green tea simple syrup has cooled, put all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake for 10-15 seconds. Next, strain the mixture into your favorite highball glass, and enjoy!
Cocktail Choice #2: “Rising Sun”
If you are a fan of Whiskey Sours, then you’ll most likely enjoy this fun take on the classic recipe.
Get together 1 ½ ounces of Legent Bourbon, ½ ounces of Rothman and Winter Orchards Apricot Liqueur, ½ ounces of lemon juice, and ¼ ounces of simple syrup.
Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake the mixture for 10-15 seconds, and then strain it into a highball glass over ice.