When the two founders of J. Rieger & Co. opened the distillery, making high-quality bourbon was a primary goal. They started putting down barrels of bourbon to age almost immediately. Last year was the first release of Rieger’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey Bottled in Bond. Still, the number of bottles made available for purchase was relatively limited, given production realities from six years prior.
Kansas City’s original distillery, J. Rieger & Co., is releasing the second year of Rieger’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey Bottled in Bond, aged six years in American white oak barrels and bottled at 100 proof by Bottled in Bond regulations. This year’s release will be significantly more widely available to J. Rieger fans in the region and select markets nationwide.
Rieger’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey Bottled in Bond is also coming off a huge Double Gold Medal win at the coveted 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, announced last week, where it is also one of three finalists for Best in Class in the Bourbon category.
Each batch of this Kansas City original is crafted using a mash bill of 56% corn, 30% rye, and 14% malted barley, then distilled on J. Rieger & Co.’s 750-gallon copper pot still before being aged for six years in 53-gallon American white oak barrels. Bottled at 100 proof, the result is a smooth and full-bodied bourbon with distinct notes of tart fruit, dark cherry, and plum. It is perfectly neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail.
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