What HB400 Actually Means

The state of Kentucky is The Napa Valley of Bourbon… Over 1 MILLION visitors flock to the Bourbon Holy Land each year to experience a Mecca-like experience over the “brown water” so many have learned to give their time, money, and energy to.

There’s just one catch, and it’s a big one… Visitors can spend thousands of dollars on travel, lodging, and touring these beautiful Bourbon shrines known as distilleries only to find out that they aren’t able to ship bourbon back home. Yep, you heard that right. It has historically been illegal to ship bourbon in the mail, even for the distilleries that produce 95% of the bourbon in the world.

Many distillers have claimed the law hurts their sales as they hear complaints day in and day out of people who take their tours, try their products, and ultimately want to buy a couple bottles to ship back home, but find out they cannot. Visitors leave disappointed and feeling like they’ve “missed out” on the opportunity to buy a bottle directly from the grounds it was produced on.

This week, HB400, a bill that allows distillers to ship bourbon directly to consumers passed, and distillers & Bourbon Sippers everywhere are celebrating! But should everyone unanimously be excited?

Distillers like Joe Heron, Founder of Copper and Kings believe the passing of HB400 will immediately increase their sales and contribute to positive experiences for distillery visitors.

“I’m 1,000 percent in support of this bill,” Heron said. “For the whole state, millions of people coming in, imagine if all of them just bought two more bottles. You can have bourbon, or a brandy or a gin-of-the-month club.”

But what does HB400 really mean? Does it mean Bourbon Sippers across the U.S. will be able to order rare releases or allocated bottles directly from the distillery as so many hope? Before you jump on the phone with the Buffalo Trace Distillery to see if they can ship you a few bottles of Blanton’s, you should probably hold off, because you won’t get very far…

The two caveats to HB400 are as follows

1.)Consumers can have bottles shipped (9 liters maximum per visitor) directly to their homes ONLY after visiting and/or touring the actual distillery the bottles are being shipped from


2.) Consumers can “Subscribe” to a Bourbon of the Month Club IN PERSON at the distillery while visiting (maximum of 9 liters per year to be shipped directly to consumer by distillery)

The fine folks passing legislature in the beautiful state of Kentucky are intelligent people, and they know the end goal of HB400 is to ultimately continue fueling Bourbon Tourism. If you don’t visit the Bluegrass State and walk into the distillery gift shop directly, no Bourbon shipments for you!

HB400 is certainly a step in the right direction for distilleries, wholesalers (whom the distilleries still have to purchase their own products directly from), and to Kentucky Bourbon Trail visitors who want to experience the nostalgia of getting a few bottles directly from the distilleries and not having to worry about them being confiscated in their luggage at the airport.

For the majority of Bourbon Sippers everywhere else who aren’t visiting Kentucky on a regular basis, you’ll be better off still hitting up your local stores in search of bottles that are waiting on shelves ready to be taken home with no shipping required. 

Sip on!

15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon Review: A Luxurious Blend of Tradition and Craftsmanship

15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon Review: A Luxurious Blend of Tradition and Craftsmanship

In the ever-evolving world of premium spirits, 15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon emerges as a notable entrant, commanding attention with its intriguing blend and luxurious profile. Released in July 2023, this straight bourbon harmoniously combines 10, 15, and 18-year-old bourbons sourced from the revered distilleries of Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee. At 98 proof, it stands as a testament to expert craftsmanship and a deep understanding of bourbon blending.

Color and Presentation First impressions are set by its color – a deep, dark caramel that suggests the richness waiting within. Housed in an elegantly designed bottle, it justifies its price point of $280, not only with its contents but also with its shelf presence.

Nose Upon opening, 15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon greets you with a bouquet of classic caramel and vanilla. These familiar scents are soon joined by the deeper, more complex aromas of oak, cherry, and leather, creating an olfactory tapestry that entices and intrigues.

Palate The palate is where this bourbon truly distinguishes itself. Its texture is remarkably rich and thick, carrying the promise made by its appearance and aroma. The flavors are a masterful blend: the sweetness of caramel and vanilla is perfectly balanced by the depth of oak, the fruitiness of cherry, and the earthiness of leather. This combination creates a harmonious and luxurious taste experience.

Source and Blend Speculation suggests that the bourbon components were meticulously chosen from prestigious sources: a 10-year-old from MGP, a 15-year-old from a renowned Kentucky distillery, and an 18-year-old from Dickel. This tri-state sourcing contributes to the bourbon’s unique profile.

Finish The finish is long and satisfying, leaving a lingering warmth and a reminder of the mature oak notes that are carefully woven throughout the sip. Unlike some of its contemporaries, 15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon doesn’t overwhelm with the mature oak; instead, it’s skillfully balanced, ensuring a refined and enjoyable experience to the last drop.

Conclusion While 15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon may not boast the broadest range of flavors in its category, it excels in delivering a highly satisfying sip with a well-developed oak profile. It might not be the most complex bourbon in its price range, but it offers a deeply gratifying experience, particularly for enthusiasts who appreciate a mature and thoughtfully crafted bourbon.

In conclusion, 15 Stars Platinum Fine Aged Bourbon stands as a remarkable blend, showcasing the art of bourbon blending at its finest. It’s a worthy addition to any collector’s cabinet and a delightful treat for those special occasions.