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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Boone County Cask Strength Wheated Bourbon - Available Week of August 2

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the availability of ten (10) barrels worth of Boone County Cask Strength Wheated Bourbon bottles exclusive to Ohio beginning the week of August 2nd. 

Unlike previous releases, the State is not announcing the locations where this will be available ahead of time to avoid gatherings and crowds due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to track down a bottle, you'll need to head to the OHLQ Product Locator next week and see if any stores in your area were allocated any bottles. 

Bottles will be available for $96.48 plus tax and carries a mash bill of 45% wheat, 51% corn and 4% malted barley.

My Take

If you are unfamiliar with Boone County, they are a newer distiller on the Craft Bourbon Trail. They started out by buying a bunch of barrels rumored from MGP and bottled and marketed them under the Boone County brand. I've reviewed one Boone County product (Eighteen33 12-Year) and it scored a solid 74/100.

With that said, at the end of the day, you'll be paying over $100 for a seven year cask strength bourbon.... that's a lot of money... especially when they sourced the bourbon again from MGP in Indiana. If Boone County had a history of producing their own products and had a track record of quality, this would be recommended... however, at this point you're paying a premium for MGP product in Boone County branding.  

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section.

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