Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey launched in Kentucky in the summer of 2019 with three barrels of rye whiskey. Three years later, Buzzard’s Roost is distributed in 10 markets, has launched nine new products and anticipates 400 percent growth in 2022 against 2021.
Buzzard’s Roost whiskies stand out for their exceptional flavors, which are crafted using a break-through combination of techniques for second barrel maturation including 18-month-seasoned oak barrels with a Char #1 over very specific and intentional levels of toast. Buzzard’s Roost coaxes complex flavors from each barrel leading to rye whiskeys and bourbons that offer a completely new drinking experience.
Since launching in Kentucky, Buzzard’s Roost has expanded into Massachusetts (21st Century Wine Co.) and Ohio (SGWS) in 2021, and in 2022 the brand has moved into New Mexico (Santa Fe Boutique Wines), Arkansas (Arkansas Wine & Spirits), Tennessee (Best Brands), Louisiana (Wines Unlimited), Victoria, Canada (Drinks-Inc.), Illinois (Burke Beverage) and North Carolina (Johnson Bros.). A distribution agreement in Georgia (General Wholesalers Corporation) is in process and more states are on the 2022 horizon.
To celebrate its 3-year anniversary, Buzzard’s Roost is introducing two new bourbons:
- Char #1 Bourbon: With a mash bill of 59% corn, 36% rye and 5% malted barley, this 4-year-old double-barreled Indiana-sourced bourbon offers tantalizing aromas of brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla, with sweet vanilla and brown sugar flavors balanced by subtle cherry and blackberry.
- Toasted American Oak Bourbon: This blend of 4 and 5-year-old double-barreled Indiana-sourced bourbon is a blend of two mash bills: one is 74% corn, 21% rye and 5% malted barley, and the other is 59% corn, 36% rye and 5% malted barley. The two come together with aromas of caramel, coconut and vanilla accented with sweet candy and floral notes, balanced with confectionary and baking spice, finishing with a bit of spice, butterscotch and vanilla.
As Buzzard’s Roost heads into its fourth year, the brand anticipates opening a micro-distillery and tasting room in downtown Louisville on Bourbon Row and will continue its marketplace expansion. “We’re having a great time sharing these whiskies with more and more people,” adds Hollis Jones. “We kept our heads above water in 2020, and we doubled our business in 2021. So far, 2022 is proving to be a blockbuster year for Buzzard’s Roost.”
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