Bardstown Bourbon Co. will release a second iteration of its Collaborative Series with French Armagnac house Château de Laubade on Friday, Sept. 9.
The 2022 Château de Laubade Armagnac release includes a blend of 12-year Kentucky and 10-year Tennessee bourbon, finished in Laubade Armagnac casks for 16 months. Finishing casks aged from 16 to 24 months in different warehouse locations.
The initial collaboration in this series launched in April 2020.
“It was important to us that this new release be distinct from the original, while still bringing some of the same unique characteristics,” says Dan Callaway, VP product development and hospitality for Bardstown Bourbon Co. “The bold Kentucky bourbon really balances with oak that is bursting with the fiery Armagnac character. The Tennessee bourbon provides a hint of citrus, which highlights Laubade’s unique floral notes.”
“We’re always looking to push the boundaries of modern bourbon blending, and this release is a beautiful expression of that,” he adds.
On the nose is baked pear with nutmeg, cinnamon and sage, the company reports, with notes of toffee, brown sugar and almond. The palate follows with vanilla bean, oak and golden raisin.
“I am very excited about this new launch as, since day one, I have seen so much product expertise, passion and involvement from the team of Bardstown Bourbon Co.,” says Château de Laubade’ Owner and Famille Lesgourgues Directeur Général, Denis Lesgourgues. “Just as we are inventing the armagnac of tomorrow thanks to our spirit of innovation, our fellows at BBCo are designing the modern bourbon.”
The Château de Laubade Armagnac Collaborative Series release comes bottled at 107 proof.
The suggested retail price is $159.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Roughly 2,700 9-L cases of the finished bourbon will roll out to the Bardstown Bourbon Co. gift shop, retailers in 20 states and online at Seelbachs.com.