Renowned American whiskey blender Dixon Dedman is proud to release The Phoenix Blend, the first in a series of small-batch bourbon blends from his new brand, 2XO Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Brought to market through Prestige Beverage Group, The Phoenix Blend will be available in select markets nationwide in limited quantities and online at ReserveBar, with a suggested retail price of $100.
The Phoenix Blend symbolizes Dedman’s re-entry into the bourbon world after stepping away from Kentucky Owl, a brand he relaunched in 2014 in homage to a whiskey his great-great-grandfather had once made. “I named The Phoenix Blend very intentionally,” said Dixon, “like a new beginning, 2XO aims to create something unique in American whiskey, and every release will strive to achieve something special. The initial response to The Phoenix Blend has been very well received. I couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter.”
2XO, meaning Two Times Oak, refers to Dixon’s unique blending process where he re-barrels his hand-selected aged whiskey into new charred oak barrels to create a unique combination of intense flavors, character, and complexity with each blend. The Phoenix Blend is a blend of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys composed of two proprietary mash bills from different distilling partners – one a moderate rye content and the other a very high rye bourbon mash bill.
On the palate, The Phoenix Blend is viscous with notes of caramel and vanilla on the front, moving to bright ripe red fruit in the middle, and finishing with a mild peppery spice.
The Phoenix Blend will be followed by two new, small-batch blend releases and a single barrel release in each consecutive year. Each small batch blend will be different, bearing a distinctive name and symbol inspired by Dixon’s passion for innovating, collaborating, and creating high-quality liquids with unique characteristics and profiles.