12 years Old
Cask Strength Kentucky Bourbon Refined
Only 150 bottles Made
Saint Cloud ™is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Crafted by Ray Walker using his unique perspective and vision from making Grand Cru wines in Burgundy, France. Ray has excelled in making wines of character, blending handwork and tradition. His focus is to bring a unique vision to the Kentucky Bourbon landscape. Saint Cloud is a labor of love, created to bridge the connection to Ray’s family which dates back in Kentucky since the early nineteenth-century.
Nose; You are greeted by dark brown sugar, chocolate covered cherries, plenty of baking spice, and heavy oak char. Overall the nose is quite rich and pleasant.
Palate; More of that dark brown sugar is present, but a relatively sharp spice quickly takes over mid-palate. Although there is plenty of spice that develops, there is also an underlying sweetness that provides a nice balance to the profile. Surprisingly, there is very little alcohol burn for a 120+ proof whiskey.
Finish; The finish is medium too long. The rye spice continues mid-palate and is accentuated by some burn from the proof. There is plenty of burnt caramel, oak char, some dried citrus, and the slightest hint of red grape on the back end.
This 12-year-old whiskey from Saint Cloud was a pleasant challenge. The nose is full of deep, rich flavors that ultimately transition nicely to the palate, where this bourbon then showcases a nice heavy-rye character. The flavors are big enough to entice you in for another sip.
Saint Cloud is a Kentucky Bourbon unlike any other, Ray Walker left behind the life he knew in California to become a grand cru wine maker in Burgundy, France. Upon his returning to America he has again focused his attention on a centuries-old craft with Saint Cloud.
Ray’s great-great-grand father, Lewis Walker, fought in the Civil War for Kentucky’s “Company 48” Mounted Infantry, signing up for duty the same day that the battle of Gettysburg began. Lewis’ father, James, was in the War of 1812, a battle that saw the U.S. allied with France. James would become a Francophile, giving two of Lewis’ brothers French names, Napoleon Bonaparte Walker (a Union Soldier in the Civil war) and Lafayette Walker. Their other brother, Samuel Houston Walker was also in the Civil War, fighting for the Confederacy at the same time.