Six years after distilling their first whiskey, Bardstown Bourbon Company — now one of the largest distilleries in the country — will release its first estate-distilled collection of whiskies in early 2023.
The Origin Series introduces consumers to the brand’s core product line through three 6-year-old whiskies: Origin Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Origin Bottled-in-Bond and Origin Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey.
Each bottle in this new series was distilled, aged and bottled at Bardstown Bourbon Co.
The Origin Series rolls out in 24 states, as well as the distillery gift shop and a number of online retailers.
“The Origin Series is the first opportunity to taste an expression that is 100% our whiskey,” says Dan Callaway, VP of Product Development for Bardstown Bourbon Co. “We’ve put years of patience into this bottle, waiting six years until we felt it was truly ready to share with the world. The full technical capabilities of our distillery are on display with these three bespoke products.”
Origin Series Bourbon is a 6-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. The high-rye mash bill is 60% corn, 36% rye and 4% malted barley. On the nose is apricot, orange blossom, mint, caramel, nutmeg and oak, the company says. The palate brings cinnamon and vanilla. Origin Series Bourbon comes bottled at 96 proof (48 percent ABV) for a suggested price of $44.99 per 750-ml. bottle
Wheated Bottled-in-Bond contains locally sourced corn and wheat grains in this 6-year-old straight bourbon whiskey. The wheated mash bill is 68% corn, 20% wheat and 12% malted barley. Baked peach with cream meets cocoa with hints of lemon on the nose, the company reports, before a palate of stone fruit and toffee. Origin Series Bottled-in-Bond is a traditional 100 proof (50% ABV), with a suggested retail price of $49.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
Kentucky Straight Rye finished in custom barrels comprised of alternating toasted American oak and toasted cherry wood staves. The result is aromas of ripe cherry and toasted oak, according to the company, plus white flower, dill and cinnamon. A round mouthfeel has lots of fruit flavors. Origin Series Kentucky Straight Rye is 96 proof (48% ABV) for a suggested price of $69.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
In addition to the three core products, the launch of the Origin Series will include, for the first time, a single barrel program from Bardstown Bourbon Co. A limited number of Origin Series Bourbon single barrels will be available annually for purchase by the barrel to on- and off-premise retailers. Each retailer will be able to hand-select their single barrel onsite at Bardstown Bourbon Co.
This follows the recent release of Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion Series 8 and 9, the final expressions in that preceding series.