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Friday, September 27, 2019

Kentucky Owl Announces Bourbon Batch #9 Coming in October

Just in time to capitalize on the Ohio Division of Liqour Kentucky Owl Confiscated raffle on October 3, Kentucky Owl has announced the availability of their newest bourbon created by Master Distiller Dixon Dedman called Bourbon Batch #9. This is their highest-proof batch to-date coming in a whopping 127.6-proof (63.8% alcohol-by-volume) and will be available in select markets (list below) beginning in October.

This new bourbon is created by blending four different distillates from four different mash bills. This includes a 15-year old, two different lots of 14-year old, a 12-year old, a seven-year old, and a six-year old distillate. I'm confused by the wording too because it appears it is a blend of 6. Regardless, it's a mixture of several aged bourbons from different mash bills.

Dixon Dedman states:
"This is the most robust Kentucky Owl batch I've ever created. It may be the most flavorful liquid ever bottled for the brand. To me, it's a bourbon monster in the best way possible. I hope it's something both serious and casual whiskey drinkers appreciate."
This new bourbon is a limited release with only 10,314 bottles being released. It carries an MSRP of $299.99 + tax for a 750ml bottle.

It will be released in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and  Wyoming.

Tasting Notes:

Nose: White grape, cinnamon roll, and vanilla
Taste: Significant oak, honeysuckle, and caramel
Finish: Spice

Our Take

Kentucky Owl is not shy about charging a lot of money for their bourbons.... This one comes in at over $300 after tax. At prices like this, I tend to recommend people to stay away because you can buy 4 or 5 high end bourbons for that same amount. For instance, for $300, I could buy a Woodford Master's Collection ($100), Blanton's ($60), E.H. Taylor ($40), and a Whistle Pig ($90). Granted, you won't be able to find any of those at that price in Ohio, but the Kentucky Owl will also be that rare.

The preferred buyer for this is the collector or looking for a high-end whiskey to prominently display in their liquor collection... if you have the money, this is an intriguing option given the limited availability and the age on the distillates used... however, this is one I'll personally be passing on.

If you come across this or give it a try, drop a note in the comments below.

Source: Kentucky Owl

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