KO Distilling has announced the launch of its Bottled-in-Bond Distiller’s Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Made from local Virginia corn, wheat and malted barley in one distilling season, this bourbon aged for four years in charred new American Oak barrels. The result is KO Distilling’s first Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, which also pays homage to the 400th anniversary of distilled spirits in the United States.
“Four centuries ago, the first American whiskey was distilled in Virginia, giving birth to a new industry, which has endured against unfathomable odds,” says Bill Karlson, co-founder and CEO, KO Distilling. “That spirit of perseverance, distilled through 400 years of craft, is proudly represented with our Bottled-in-Bond Distiller’s Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey.”
The mashbill is 70% corn, 20% wheat, and 10% malted barley. On the nose, KO Distiller’s Reserve begins with vanilla, layered over soft green oak, the company reports. The vanilla turns to caramel, accompanied by hints of baking spice and dried apricot. After more time and two or three drops of water, the caramel morphs into English toffee, with hints of toasted almonds and a dusting of dark cocoa.
KO Distiller’s Reserve will be initially available in Virginia, DC and Maryland in early November. It will also be available online for shipments, where legal.
The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
Founded by long-time friends and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy classmates Bill Karlson, “K,” and John O’Mara, “O,” KO Distilling is a craft distillery in Manassas, Virginia.