Bardstown Bourbon Launches Carter Cellars Collab, Discovery #11

Bardstown Bourbon Co Carter Cellars Collaborative Series whiskey
Bardstown Bourbon Co. Carter Cellars Collaborative Series.

Bardstown Bourbon Company has two new releases hitting shelves October 6.

Bardstown Bourbon Co. Discovery #11 continues the series that showcases the distiller’s practice of blending whiskies found around the world. In a first for the distillery, this edition of the Discovery Series includes a bourbon that was distilled onsite.

“This is a special milestone in our Discovery Series, as our own estate-distilled whiskey has now matured, which gives us some exciting new blending opportunities,” says Dan Callaway, VP of Product Development for Bardstown Bourbon Co. “So, for Discovery #11, we decided to celebrate in a Kentucky kind of way and chose all Bluegrass-based bourbons to blend with what we estate-distilled.”


Over the years, the Discovery Series has combined whiskies from Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Georgia and even Ontario, Canada. Discovery #11 is the first time since Discovery #4 the series has featured all Kentucky bourbons.

“We used our bottled-in-bond recipe from the new Origin Series of our estate-distilled bourbon; however, we wanted to explore a different take so the whiskey aged its entire life in French oak barrels as opposed to the traditional American oak,” Callaway says. “On their own, these stood as three tremendous bourbons, but some real magic occurred when they came together.”


Discovery #11 offers rainier cherry, butterscotch, brown sugar and roasted peanut on the nose, the company reports, before a palate of toffee and cinnamon spice, followed by a finish of red fruit and oak. It is presented at 118.1 proof (59.05% ABV) and offered at an suggested retail price of $139.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

Roughly 3,000 9L cases will roll out through the Bardstown Bourbon Co. gift shop, at retailers in 24 states and online at

Bardstown Bourbon Co. Discovery #11.

Carter Cellars Collab

Continuing its Collaborative Series that crosses spirits categories, Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s second new release is a collaboration with Mark and Sherri Carter, Napa Valley winemakers at Carter Cellars.

For this release, a custom blend of matured bourbon and rye rested in ten Carter Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet barrels for an additional 14 months.

“Carter Cellars has always shot for excellence in our award-winning wines, and we have a long history of producing 100-point wines,” says Mike Carter. “This has been a wonderful collaboration bringing together our teams who are all continuously on the pursuit of perfection.”

Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s Carter Cellars Collaborative Series has aroma of cassis, violet, cinnamon and leather. On the palate it presents dark fruit, roasted pecan and vanilla cream that leads to a lightly tannic finish. It comes bottled at 108.3 proof (54.15% ABV) for the suggested retail price of $159.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

Roughly 225 9L cases will be available at the Bardstown Bourbon Co. gift shop and select Kentucky retailers.


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