15 STARS, a whiskey brand that honors Kentucky’s rich distilling heritage from 1795 until today, will hit shelves in early April. Timeless Reserve, is a marriage of Kentucky bourbons aged 14 years and older.
In addition to the new releases, Founders Rick Johnson and Ricky Johnson will use special strains of corn, black corn and a patriotic mix of red, white and blue corn, for future releases being distilled and warehoused in Bardstown, Kentucky.
This first release, distributed by Heritage Wine and Spirits, will roll out exclusively in Kentucky as a tribute to the 15th state. In addition to the whiskeys, the Johnsons have collected Kentucky historical items known as the 15 STARS collection.
The collection, which includes a variety of rare Kentucky-related artifacts, is currently housed online but will be displayed at physical locations and tasting events in the future.
“Kentucky was once considered America’s “First West”, but it was so much more than just early pioneers. The Kentucky of 1795 was prosperous and growing with highly skilled craftspeople working their trades as silversmiths, furniture makers, artists, and distillers,” said Rick Johnson, an entrepreneur who has worked in whiskey-related industries including limestone and corn. “We want to honor these artisans with our brand and really give people a sense that like in those days, this whiskey comes from our hands to theirs.”
The first release will contain Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from two different mash bills and ages to capture a more rounded, complex drinking experience. The Johnson’s use “flavor proofing” to present the whiskey at the proof that they believe provides the very best neat drinking experience for each release.
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