Bardstown Bourbon Company has announced its newest blended whiskey expressions, Discovery #8 and Discovery #9.
The Discovery Series is meant to showcase the art of blending with an emphasis on old whiskies sourced from a variety of origins.
The latest release in the series, Discovery #8, features a blend of Kentucky bourbons, two Indiana ryes and aged Canadian whiskey. It represents the most rye-forward expression of any Discovery release to date, the company says. The final batch matured with a custom selection of oak staves. Each oak stave was selected for its flavor profile, ranging from French toast to Rioja barrels.
“We built this series to explore all of the ways you can take whiskey in new directions through thoughtful blending that pushes the boundaries of what’s been done before,” says Dan Callaway, VP product development and hospitality. “Layering flavor and nuance, these limited releases continue to be truly singular in nature.”
Discovery #8 has aromas of maple, dark chocolate, baked cherry and toasted oak, the company says. The palate presents rye spice with oak undertones. Discovery Series #8 comes bottled at 114.1 proof for a suggested retail price of $139.99 per 750-ml. bottle. It launches this week.
Discovery Series #9 features Georgia bourbon. The blend adds in Kentucky bourbon, 17-year Tennessee whiskey and a touch of sweetness from Canadian whiskey.
On the nose, Discovery #9 opens with cocoa nib, plum and cedar box, plus orange peel. Vanilla cream with cinnamon spice take the lead on the palate.
The Discovery #9 release is slated for September, both at the distillery and at retail. It comes bottled at 112.5 proof, for a suggested retail price of $139.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
These follow the release of Discovery #7.
Bardstown Bourbon Company was bought by Pritzker Private Capital this past March.