Renowned American whiskey blender Dixon Dedman proudly presents Gem of Kentucky, the premiere offering from his award-winning 2XO (“Two Times Oak”) brand. Gem of Kentucky is the only double-barreled, single-barrel Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey on the market, available just in time for the holidays in its stunning black bottle. Dixon exclusively selected the single barrels from stocks of his high rye bourbon mash bill (35%) that spent up to a year in new charred oak before bottling. Gem of Kentucky (SRP $199.99) is an annual release available in select markets nationwide in limited quantities.
“The inspiration for Gem of Kentucky was to take my high rye double-barreled mash bill and show the nuances you get from different barrels,” says Dixon. “Each taste profile changes from barrel to barrel. The common theme is the viscosity, the mouthfeel, and the richness of each one of these. And I wanted this liquid in a black bottle because I didn’t want it to look like any other whiskey bottle on the shelf, something more modern, sleek, and elegant.”
Gem of Kentucky is a full-bodied, full-flavored expression that leans on Dixon’s pioneering double-barreling 2XO process for a richer and more viscous mouthfeel. The differing char levels (char 3 and char 4) on the secondary barreling allow sweet, complex flavors to develop and balance the spicy finish from the high rye distillate. Each single barrel taste profile is unique, identified by the barrel number on the front label of every bottle. Some barrels are sweeter, with notes of chocolate, cinnamon, and toasted marshmallows that flow into baking spices. Other barrels are more savory, with notes of dark red fruits, nutmeg, and black pepper spice.
Gem of Kentucky follows previous 2XO releases, including small batch blends from The Icon Series – The Phoenix Blend, The Innkeeper’s Blend, and The Tribute Blend – and American Oak, an everyday offering perfect for classic whiskey cocktails. Gem of Kentucky should be sipped neat or on the rocks, and as with all 2XO Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys, enjoyed responsibly.
All 2XO Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys, are brought to life with Prestige Beverage Group, an industry-leading importer and brand innovator of award-winning wines and spirits. Together, Dixon and Prestige Beverage Group aim to offer the most unique, sought-after whiskeys to spirits enthusiasts everywhere.
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