New Holland Releases Dragon’s Milk Origin Small Batch Bourbon

Dragon’s Milk Origin Small Batch Bourbon whiskey dragons
Dragon’s Milk Origin Small Batch Bourbon whiskey.

Michigan-based New Holland Spirits has unveiled its Origin Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey as a new year-round addition to their popular Dragon’s Milk brand portfolio.

Origin is a straight bourbon whiskey, bottled at 95 proof. This release is the first year-round bourbon with an age statement of 5 years or more for the craft distiller.

“Origin is one of the most exciting projects we’ve taken on at New Holland,” says Adam Dickerson, brand manager at New Holland. “We’ve been sampling this product patiently for five long years and are continually impressed by its complexity of flavor, and delicate finish. As Michigan’s oldest whiskey distiller, we are immensely proud to be able to offer this bourbon to our customers. We feel that it is a landmark moment for us as a distillery.”

The recipe features corn, rye and a high ratio of malted barley. New Holland distills on a nearly 100-year-old Prohibition-era pot still, the company says.

“Origin’s high-barley mash bill and five-year maturation in char 3 oak barrels offers the drinker a one-of-a-kind experience” Dickerson says. “We are particularly enthusiastic about Origin’s four signature tasting notes of stone fruit (namely pear and apricot), citrus, baked pastries, and vanilla wafer. The marriage of these flavors with the myriad of additional sub-flavors forms a truly memorable bourbon and presents you with new tasting notes to uncover each time you revisit.”

The name Origin derives from the origin story of Dragon’s Milk (the parent brand for the bourbon). The original Dragon’s Milk Stout was born from bourbon barrels and those barrels have become an integral part of the evolution of New Holland Brewery and Distillery. The Dragon’s Milk name has evolved from the original stout to become the parent brand to an entire portfolio of beer, bourbon and other barrel-aged endeavors.

Origin released on April 16 at New Holland’s own retail locations, and began distribution into Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Texas and California on Monday, April 18.

The suggested retail price is $44.99 per-750-ml. bottle.


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