Kentucky Gentleman

Kentucky Gentleman is a brand of bourbon whiskey produced by the Sazerac Company at its Barton 1792 distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. The brand is sold as a blend of 51% straight bourbon and 49% neutral grain spirits and bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (80 U.S. proof). It is a relatively inexpensive brand.[1]

Kentucky Gentleman
TypeBourbon whiskey
ManufacturerThe Sazerac Company
Country of originKentucky, United States
Alcohol by volume40.00%
Proof (US)80
Related productsBarton Brands


  • Whiskey Reviewer: "The phrase 'Kentucky Gentleman' implies a certain Southern genteelness, and frankly, no one possessed with such grace and class would ever stoop to drinking anything resembling Kentucky Gentleman whiskey."[2]
  • "The concept of mixing nearly equal parts of bourbon and grain alcohol appealed to a demographic of bourbon lovers who do not want any recollection whatsoever of the night before. Its cheap price and convenient pint, liter, and half gallon sizes appeal to many college students and mobile home residents throughout the United States."[1]

Russian import ban

In August 2014, the Russian consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor announced that it had detected signs of organic chemicals called phthalates in Kentucky Gentleman and that importation of the brand into Russia would therefore be suspended.[3][4][5][6] However, it has been suggested that the importation ban on Kentucky Gentleman should be viewed in the context of a broader dispute between the U.S. and Russia over trade in a wide variety of products as well as other issues such as the governance of Ukraine.[3][4][5][6]


  1. "Kentucky Gentleman". 2011.
  2. Thomas, Richard (May 28, 2013). "Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon Review". Whiskey Reviewer.
  3. Devitt, Polina, "Russia to suspend imports of Kentucky Gentleman bourbon", Yahoo News via Reuters, August 4, 2014.
  4. Gorst, Isabel, "Latest victim of U.S.–Russia tensions may be Kentucky bourbon", Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2014.
  5. Hopkins, Amy, "Russia to ban imports of Sazerac bourbon", The Spirits Business, August 4, 2014.
  6. "Brand of Ky bourbon possibly caught up in Russia–U.S. tensions", WHAS-TV, August 5, 2014.

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