Blue Run Reflection 1

Blue Run “Reflection 1” Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a small-batch whiskey and was contract distilled by Blue Run’s Liquid Advisor and Bourbon Hall of Famer Jim Rutledge. Jim distilled this batch of barrels at Castle & Key Distillery. Pulled from existing aging stocks, this approachable Bourbon, at this particular proof, is what they both enjoyed during this period, allowing them to reflect on what truly matters, starting first and foremost with family.

Blue Run Reflection 1
Blue Run Reflection 1. Photo courtesy of Blue Run Spirits

Blue Run Reflection 1 is meant to be a reflection of the last few turbulent years (covid). As with any reflection, it is a time to process what has occurred, but also to pinpoint what matters the most. It’s a practice many can appreciate and tying it in with a sipping bourbon makes a whole lot of sense.  

The Reflection 1 is a gentle and subtle sipping bourbon, a characteristic Blue Run has made a name for themselves on. They’ve proven their ability to blend, and it certainly doesn’t hurt to have master distiller Jim Rutledge working for them.

Reflection 1 opens with an enjoyable nose thanks to its apricot, floral, honey, and french toast scents. It smells like spring in a glass and is a refreshing start to the whiskey. The palate follows with swirls of delicious marmalade, cinnamon, and fried dough. Though sweet, the palate never goes overboard with it. The finish is contrastingly spicy, throwing heavy amounts of rye spice and marzipan before introducing spicy leather. This whiskey benefits the most from slow sipping and reflection, much like its name implies. As a whole, it doesn’t quite come together, but if you take the time to access each part of it individually, you’ll find something to appreciate.



This opens with a distinct note of tart yet slightly sweet cherry on the nose with a supporting cast of butterscotch candies, mild firewood, and a hint of pancake batter.



That batter becomes a stack of pancakes with vanilla-laced butter, maple syrup, and a few nuts thrown in that lead to a herb garden full of rosemary bushes.



That savory note mellows out through the mid-palate as a dusting of nutmeg rounds out the finish with hints of woody maple syrup and a final echo of that tart cherry.

Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Blue Run Spirits, LLC

Distillery: Castle & Key Distillery

Release Date: April 2022

Proof: 95

Age: NAS (Aged at least 4 years based on label requirements set by TTB)

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Copper

MSRP: $100 (2023)


Blue Run Reflection 1 Overall Thoughts

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