Bardstown Bourbon Company’s modern and transparent whiskey-making approach will be fully displayed in two new releases hitting shelves on October 6.
Bardstown Bourbon Co. Discovery #11 continues the award-winning series that showcases the innovative distiller’s practice of artfully blending rare and exemplary whiskies found worldwide to push the envelope of flavor and style. Yet, in a first for the distillery, this edition of the Discovery Series includes a bourbon that was estate-distilled at Bardstown Bourbon Co.
“This is a special milestone in our Discovery Series, as our estate-distilled whiskey has now matured, which gives us some exciting new blending opportunities,” said Dan Callaway, VP of Product Development for Bardstown Bourbon Co. “So, for Discovery #11, we decided to celebrate in a Kentucky kind of way and chose all Bluegrass-based bourbons to blend with what we estate-distilled.”
Over the years, the Discovery Series has combined whiskies from Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Georgia, and even Ontario, Canada. Discovery #11 is the first time since Discovery #4 the series has featured all Kentucky bourbons.
“We used our bottled-in-bond recipe from the new Origin Series of our estate-distilled bourbon; however, we wanted to explore a different take, so the whiskey aged its entire life in French oak barrels as opposed to the traditional American oak,” Callaway added. “These stood as three tremendous bourbons on their own, but some real magic occurred when they came together.”
Discovery #11 offers rainier cherry, butterscotch, brown sugar and roasted peanut on the nose. A spirited palate of toffee and cinnamon spice, followed by a ripe red fruit and oak finish. It is presented at 118.1 proof (59.05% ABV) and offered at an SRP of $139.99. Roughly 3,000 9L cases will be available through the Bardstown Bourbon Co. gift shop, at retailers in 24 states and online at Seelbachs.com.
Collaboration with world-class vintner Carter Cellars added as a special release
Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s second new release collaborates with Mark and Sherri Carter and the decorated Napa Valley winemaker Carter Cellars, continuing its Collaborative Series that crosses spirits categories.
For this release, a custom blend of mature bourbon and rye rested in ten Carter Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet barrels for 14 months. The wine barrels were freshly emptied to impart maximum flavor. They were separated and rotated throughout the rickhouse multiple times, yielding a beautiful balance of indulgent dark fruit and French oak spice.
“Carter Cellars has always shot for excellence in our award-winning wines, and we have a long history of producing 100-point wines. This has been a wonderful collaboration bringing together our teams who are all continuously pursuing perfection,” said Mark Carter of Carter Cellars.
Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s Carter Cellars Collaborative Series offers a premium and complex aroma of cassis, violet, cinnamon and leather. The palate presents a rush of dark fruit, roasted pecan and vanilla cream that leads to a luscious, lightly tannic finish. It is presented at 108.3 proof (54.15% ABV) and offered at an SRP of $159.99. Roughly 225 9L cases will be available at the Bardstown Bourbon Co. gift shop and select Kentucky retailers.
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