Our next liquid exploration introduces us to Tom Sims Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Price (750ml): $9.99
Proof: 80 (40% abv)
Distillery: Thomas W. Sims Distillery
Location: Bardstown, KY
Aged: 4 years
I can’t find much information about this whiskey or distillery online, although a few things I’ve found pointed at Heaven Hill, but there’s no information on their website nor is it on their Wikipedia page. I went ahead and reached out to them to get confirmation, we’ll see if they respond.
Starting with the bottle, you can tell this is a bottom shelf whiskey. The label is simple, but not in an intentionally understated way. It somehow looks low-budget. The bottle itself is the standard shape glass bottle with a plastic twist top – exactly what you’d expect for a ten spot at your local liquor store. I added a category to the breakdown at the top to call out how long it’s been aged, since that’s usually a good indicator of quality and flavor. Tom Sims and his ilk age their bourbon for 4 years. Not a super long time, but not nothing either. And it’s all bourbon, unlike that nasty swill Kentucky Deluxe. I just finished that bottle the other day, by the way. It was painful the entire time.
Tom Sims is made in Bardstown, which is another good sign. Not only is it a beautiful town, they know how to make some really good stuff. At this price point, if it’s even halfway decent then it qualifies to be your well whiskey. Let’s get acquainted with Mr. Sims.