Rabbit Hole Distillery has announced a 2022 rerelease of Raceking Founder’s Collection, which will then subsequently return to shelves annually in fall.
A five-grain, double chocolate malt bourbon, Raceking was the third expression in the Rabbit Hole Founder’s Collection series. It’s name references Kentucky’s long tradition of horse racing.
Through a proprietary malting processes, a chocolate wheat from Germany and a chocolate barley from the UK achieve the aromatic top notes and the essence of chocolate, the company says.
“Creating Raceking was part art, part science and a true risk-reward proposition for us,” says Kaveh Zamanian, founder and whiskey maker. “I wanted to bring out unique flavors in the whiskey without any adulteration or flavoring, instead letting the malted grains and the way we cook and process them tell the story.”
“Being able to execute this from a process standpoint and bringing the liquid to life was very challenging, so Raceking began as a small batch ‘experiment’ if you will,” he adds. “There was an element of uncertainty when we developed the recipe and the process, but the potential reward proved to be worth the risk as I had a hunch it would. Raceking represents our passion for creativity and innovation, and I’m especially proud that we will be able to release this special whiskey annually moving forward.”
Raceking’s mash bill is 70% corn, 13% rye, 10% malted rye, 4% chocolate malted wheat and 3% chocolate malted barley.
This spirit comes bottled at 109.8 proof/54.9% ABV.
On the nose is cocoa with notes of brown sugar and toasted bread, the company says. The palate contains hazel, cinnamon spice, black cherry and tobacco, before a finish with earthy notes of wood, leather and lingering chocolate.
Rabbit Hole Raceking Founder’s Collection will be available exclusively at the Louisville-based Rabbit Hole Distillery in early December, and then available nationally beginning in early 2023. Only 1,335 sequentially-numbered bottles will hit the market, for a suggested retail price of $395 per 750-ml. bottle.
In keeping with the aesthetic of Rabbit Hole Founder’s Collection, the presentation of Raceking consists of a linen-patterned box featuring the brand’s rabbit marque surrounded by metallic gold appointments and accents. The color palette extends to the bottle, which features embossed-glass detailing of the brand’s sash label and includes an gold cork engraved with Kaveh’s family crest of “Amare et Opus.”
This follows the recent release of Rabbit Hole Nevallier Founder’s Collection Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in French Oak.