After two successful small batch blend releases from 2XO, American whiskey blender Dixon Dedman has launched two new Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys: American Oak, and The Tribute Blend.
Both of these feature Dedman’s “Two Times Oak” blending process.
American Oak is the first blend in the Oak Series, a double oak technique where Dedman introduces additional charred oak to barrels with a moderate amount of rye in the mashbill. This technique allows him to “intensify the maturation process by creating more surface area for the liquid in the barrels to interact with the new charred oak,” the company says. American Oak moves from caramel and toffee on the front palate, to roasted nutty notes on the mid-palate, finishing with a lingering mild spice, according to brand-provided notes.
“With American Oak, I am getting the opportunity to develop my first everyday expression,” says Dedman. “It will always be available and always in inventory. I am especially excited to share this 2XO liquid with bartenders and mixologists who can work American Oak into their bar programs.”
The Tribute Blend is the latest small batch release from the Icon Series, following the The Phoenix Blend and The Innkeeper’s Blend. Named as a nod to Dedman’s parents, The Tribute Blend is made up of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys composed of two proprietary mash bills from different distilling partners: one a high rye 35% bourbon mash bill, and the other a low rye 16-18% bourbon mash bill. On the palate are notes of caramel, toffee, apricot, red cinnamon candy and a peppery spice, the company reports.
“The release of The Tribute Blend is a continuation of this path we’re taking with the Icon Series, and I’ve been delighted to see so many people jump on board and follow this journey,” says Dedman. “It’s humbling, yet rewarding, to have consumers energized to seek out your next release. This one honors my parents and the support and love they’ve shown me throughout my career.”
Like all the small batch blends in the Icon Series, The Tribute Blend is a limited-time release. Each small batch blend in the Icon Series bears a distinctive name and symbol inspired by aspects of Dedman’s life.
All 2XO Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys roll out in partnership with Prestige Beverage Group.
Both blends will be available nationwide and online at ReserveBar. The suggested retail price of American Oak is $49.99 per 750-ml. bottle, while The Tribute Blend retails for $99.99.