Limestone Branch Distillery Master Distiller Stephen Beam has announced the upcoming release of the 2022 Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
This year’s edition of the annual expression contains a blend of 7-year, 15-year and 16-year aged bourbons, aged in Marsala Superiore casks. The 2022 Yellowstone Limited Edition rolls out in September with a suggested retail price of $99.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
The series first hit shelves in 2015. Since, Beam has produced a limited-edition bourbon annually under the brand of Yellowstone National Park, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2022.
For this year’s Yellowstone Limited Edition, Beam selected Marsala Superiore casks to finish select barrels of 7-year-old-bourbon to provide tasting notes to complement the extra-aged bourbons comprising this year’s Limited Edition.
Marsala Superiore is a dry, sweet wine produced near the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily, and aged at least two years. A fortified wine similar to Sherry, Marsala imparts tangy flavors of dried fruit and citrus, and is often used in cooking or served as a dessert wine.
“I’ve been experimenting with different finishes for the Yellowstone Limited Edition bourbons, and I really fell in love with the impact the Marsala Superiore cask finish has on the overall taste profile of the bourbon,” says Beam. “Consumers can expect an aroma of dried apricots and honey with hints of tobacco; a body that contains dark-brown sugar notes, mixed with dried fruit, walnut and dates, with a hint of vanilla; followed by a lingering finish with hints of palm sugar and tamarind. It’s certain to become a new fan favorite.”
The 2022 Yellowstone Limited Edition comes in at 101 proof (50.5% ABV), in custom-designed bottles featuring embossing, a natural cork and a label featuring the 2022 Yellowstone Limited Edition emblem.
Beginning in September, the full allocation of 10,000 cases (three bottles per case) will arrive at retail locations nationwide.
“We’ve had a lot to celebrate in 2022, including the launch of Yellowstone Family Recipe and the 150th anniversary of the Yellowstone brand,” says Caitlin Palmieri Jackson, brand manager for Limestone Branch Distillery. “Our 2022 Yellowstone Limited Edition expression is the latest achievement to celebrate this year as the brand family continues to grow, both in terms of overall popularity and varietals offered.”
This follows the recent release of the distillery’s Yellowstone Select Landmark Edition Bottle series.