KO Distilling has unveiled its third brown spirit – Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Distilled from local Virginia corn, wheat, and malted barley, the Bourbon is aged for two years in charred new American Oak barrels sourced from a cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky.
“Our small-batch bourbon is definitely a “knockout” spirit,” said Co-Founder Bill Karlson (the Bare Knuckle branding is a play on KO – “Knock Out”). The bottle labels feature historic fighting figures, such as African-American world heavyweight champion Jack G. Johnson on Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey and Irish-American fighter Jimmy Gardner who is depicted on the label of Bare Knuckle American Wheat Whiskey. Gracing the label of KO’s newest release is early 20th-century U.S. champion fighter Mary “Texas Mamie” Donovan.
Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey is bottled at 90 proof and is available now in select markets at a SRP of $41.19. It joins the rest of the KO portfolio of aged spirits, which includes Bare Knuckle American Wheat Whiskey (aged 12 months) and Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey (aged 18 months).