King of Kentucky will return this summer with the release of its second expression.
Hitting shelves in early July, this 15-year-old Kentucky Straight bourbon will number approximately 2,000 bottles, with a suggested retail of $249.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
King of Kentucky was established in 1881 as a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Brown-Forman acquired the brand in 1936 from Selected Kentucky Distillers and, by 1940, converted it to a blended whiskey, until it was discontinued in 1968. In 2018, Brown-Forman revived this lapsed label.
King of Kentucky is an annual/on-going periodic release of a single-barrel inventory, featuring a barrel-strength, minimally filtered presentation.
“As we sample and taste our barrels in inventory, the selection is made based on flavor profile development,” says Master Distiller Chris Morris. “Some barrels take longer than others to reach their peak of perfection. This year we have selected barrels from two different production dates, both 15 years of age.”
Due to the rarity of these barrels, there will be no defined annual volume, the company says.
Every bottle tells the story of its origin through details on the front and back of its package. All will be filled, bottled, wax-dipped and numbered by hand with details including proof, age, warehouse location, lot number, serial number and barrel number — all selected by Morris.