American Whiskey Blender Dixon Dedman has released The Phoenix Blend, the first in a series of small batch bourbon blends from his new brand, 2XO Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Brought to market through Prestige Beverage Group, The Phoenix Blend launches in select markets nationwide in limited quantities, and online at ReserveBar, with a suggested retail price of $100 per 750-ml. bottle.
The Phoenix Blend symbolizes Dedman’s re-entry into the world of bourbon after stepping away from Kentucky Owl, a brand he relaunched in 2014 in homage to a whiskey his great-great-grandfather had once made. “I named The Phoenix Blend very intentionally,” says Dedman, “like a new beginning, 2XO aims to create something unique in American whiskey, and every release will strive to achieve something special. The initial response to The Phoenix Blend has been very well received. I couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter.”
2XO, meaning Two Times Oak, refers to Dixon’s blending process where he re-barrels aged whiskey into new charred oak barrels to create a unique combination of flavors, character and complexity with each blend. The Phoenix Blend is a combination of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys comprised of mash bills from different distilling partners: one a moderate rye content, and the other a very high rye bourbon mash bill.
On the palate, The Phoenix Blend begins with notes of caramel and vanilla, moving to red fruit in the middle, before finishing with a mild peppery spice, the company says.
The Phoenix Blend will be followed by two new, small batch blend releases and a single barrel release in each consecutive year. Each small batch blend will be different, with a distinctive name and symbol.