Lux Row Master Distiller and Master Blender John Rempe has announced the release of Blood Oath Pact 9 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Oloroso Sherry casks.
A limited supply of 17,000 (3-pack) cases will arrive at retail this April at a suggested price of $129.99 per 750-ml. bottle. As with all of bottles in this series, Blood Oath Pact 9 comes bottled at 98.6 proof, referencing the temperature of human blood.
Blood Oath Pact 9 combines a 16-year high-rye bourbon and a 12-year high-rye bourbon, as well as a 7-year high-rye bourbon finished in Oloroso Sherry casks from the Sherry Triangle region in southwest Spain.
These casks impart woody and ripe-fruit aromas, the company reports.
“Blood Oath Pact 9 contains three great bourbons, and the Oloroso Sherry cask finish has resulted in a deep, dark amber liquid with long legs,” says Rempe. “The Oloroso Sherry casks also bring out tasting notes of sweet sherry with hints of ripe fruit on the nose, as well as flavor notes highlighted by ripe fruits including figs, plums and raisins, with notes of molasses, chocolate and tobacco. This bourbon also provides a long-lasting finish characterized by fruit notes and complemented by hints of spicy oak.”
Each Blood Oath pact has a differently colored label. This year, Blood Oath Pact 9 features a label that is crimson in color. And like its predecessors, each bottle of Blood Oath Pact 9 comes in a commemorative fire-branded wooden display box.
The official launch of Blood Oath Pact 9 will include a total allocation of 51,00 bottles, 1,400 of which will be held for a future Trilogy Pack release. The first Trilogy Pack, featuring Pacts 1, 2 and 3, released in 2018, while the second Trilogy Pack, featuring Pacts 4, 5 and 6, came out in September 2021 in conjunction with National Bourbon Heritage Month.
The next Blood Oath Trilogy Pack, with Pacts 7, 8 and 9, is slated for 2024.
This follows Lux Row’s 2022 release of Blood Oath Pact 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Calvados casks.