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Friday, March 5, 2021

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Augusta Distillery's Buckner's Single Barrel Bourbon selection

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the availability of a limited amount of 13-year unfiltered cask strength of Augusta Distillery's Buckner's Single Barrel Bourbon coming to Ohio. The bottles will hit stores starting next week (March 7). 

The Buckner's Single Barrel comes from a private 80 barrel collection that was distilled, aged, and bottled in Bardstown, Kentucky. 

The product ranges in proof from  115.8 to 130.4 (57.9% to 65.2% alcohol), depending on the barrel. It carries a mash bill of 74% corn, 18% rye, and 8% malted barley. The price in Ohio is $199.99 + tax. 

Tasting notes:

Nose - A haunting combination of antique wood, wet soil and dry corn pulls forward from a honeyed vanilla palate. This introduction immediately suggests a rare complexity that can only be found in a true Kentucky bourbon with properly aged maturity.

Finish - Exotic spice and caramel notes are directly complimented by hints of buttery cream and cured tea leaves. Each sip provides an unforgettable experience that instantly returns you to the limestone hills of Kentucky only to demand further exploration.

My Take

First off, who wouldn't want to pay over $200 for a nice taste of wet soil? Again, who writes this stuff and who thinks that is a selling point? 

As for rushing out to buy this, this is definitely a unique release and probably best for the higher-end collectors. I'll be sitting this one out since I've never hear of Augusta Distillery so I'm not willing to throw down $200 on their product without knowing more about their consistency and track record of quality. 

What do you think? Drop a note in the comments below. 

Source: OHLQ


  1. I couldn't agree with you more. I search desperately online for any info about Augusta and came up dry. I'm curious how they've made revenue for the last 13 years? Not selling bourbon unless it's under a different name or under contracts to others, which is typical. I also agree $200 is a huge price tag for an unknown product. I guess they are hoping to be the next Whistle pig? No thanks. Passing here too.

    1. Prob sourced from Bardstown Distillery.

  2. Pretty sure they sourced this and according to them, it's their first release.

  3. Judging by the mash bill it looks like Barton's. So if you're a fan of 1792 full proof it would be worth pulling the trigger.

  4. Willing to try anything once, purchased a bottle just determining when do crack it open. 13 year ought to be halfway decent.

  5. Yeah, but $200 just to try it out to see if you like it? It's a ghostly gamble and I'll take my chances on waiting it out until some more reviews come out. If I miss out on it then oh well, there are thousands of other great whiskies out there to try for less than $200. Good luck Augusta Distillery. Ohio is one of the biggest states in the nation for bourbon enthusiasts and no one is buying it. It's literally on every liquor store shelf and has been for over a month now. Try dropping the price 80 to 100 dollars on a blind released bourbon and you might stand a chance.

  6. I stopped by a neighbors house yesterday that has a nice collection. He had some Buckner and I have to admit it was some of the best bourbon I have ever tasted. I will be inviting myself over again soon. I could have sat there and drank the whole bottle. He liked it so much he got a second bottle

  7. I was skeptical, but then I tried it. I bought 2 more bottles. This is really worth trying.

  8. I bought my second bottle after trying it. Im a wellers antique 107 fan and like Willetts potstill also. This is by far
    My favorite bourbon already. It starts like high wheated bourbon on the nose and front but finished Like cherry oak finish of willett’s.Smooth and deceptive, No burn for 120 proof

  9. How many accessible 13 year barrel proof Kentucky bourbons do you come across in the shelf? I've seen posts of people across the country paying $249 for Weller Antique. I picked up a bottle of this and am looking forward to cracking it with friends at our next blind tasting.