Dixon Dedman, Kentucky Owl Master Blender, says:
There is a lot of older juice in Rye #3, but it's the 10-year old stocks that really give it the richer, thicker, syrupy mouthfeel, and bring the blend forward. This batch was a fun process because you have to look at it for what it will become, not what it is at barrel strength. I experimented deeply to find the right profile while adjusting the proof through blind tastings, but kept gravitating back to 114-proof – almost exactly where I started.As mentioned above, this comes in at 114 proof (57% alcohol) and carries an MSRP of a whopping $199.99 for a 750ml bottle. The tasting notes are:
Nose: Citrus, orange juice, grapefruit, oak, anise, and barbeque spice
Taste: Barrel sweetness, caramel candy, creamy vanilla, toffee, and hazelnut
Finish: Licorice, absinthe, nutmeg, and a mild flash of cayenne pepper
It will be released in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Unfortunately, this product isn't coming to Ohio so this isn't one you can be on the lookout for. Regardless of where it's being released, $199.99 is a premium price for a single bottle, and an especially high price for a brand that has only been around since 2014. Even if we saw this on the shelf, I'd likely pass and buy 3 or 4 more established bourbons or whiskeys.
If you do come across this and get a taste, drop a note in the comments with your thoughts.
Source: Kentucky Owl