Lux Row Distillers has released Blood Oath Trilogy — Second Edition, the latest collection of limited-release bourbons, or “Pacts,” from Master Distiller John Rempe.
Featuring 750-ml. bottles of Pacts 4, 5 and 6, this latest Trilogy has a limited supply of 1,400 sets. The suggested retail price is $799 per set.
In 2014, Rempe created a bourbon using a blend of three unique Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys. The following year, that idea came to fruition with the creation of the Blood Oath series. The name refers to a promise Rempe made to keep the blend of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys a secret known only to him, the company says.
Now, every year Rempe adds a new Pact to the Blood Oath family. Each Pact comes in at 98.6 proof (49.3% ABV), and is a one-off blend.
The second Blood Oath Trilogy contains Pacts 4, 5 and 6 — reserved since 2018, 2019 and 2020, respectively. It’s packaged in a black wooden display box designed to highlight each Pact’s label.
- Blood Oath Pact 4 is a blend of an 12-year bourbon, a 10-year bourbon and a 9-year bourbon finished in toasted barrels for seven months. It has notes of caramel, vanilla and oak, the company reports.
- Blood Oath Pact 5 is a blend of a 13-year bourbon, peppery with shavings of dark chocolate; an 11-year wheated bourbon rich with vanilla and honey; and an 8-year bourbon finished in Caribbean rum barrels to impart orange, brown sugar and warm island spice notes.
- Pact 6 rounds out the Trilogy with a blend of a 14-year ryed bourbon which provides oak and leather undertones; an 8-year, toasty, ryed bourbon that delivers hints of spice; and a 7-year ryed bourbon finished in cognac casks to produce a slightly fruity, brandy flavor.
“I look back on each Pact I’ve created for the Blood Oath Series with a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment, and with each new Pact I develop, I become more eager to create the next,” says Rempe. “The bourbons I’ve selected to create each Pact are becoming rarer and harder to find, as are the resulting Pacts themselves. A Blood Oath Trilogy set is like a piece of bourbon history. I’ll never repeat a blend, so once it is gone, it’s gone.”