Redemption Whiskey has announced the first two releases in a new collection they call “The Ancients.” The releases, 18-Year Old Rye and 36-Year Old Bourbon, are both sourced from MGP in Indiana.
“The Ancients collection features whiskies laid down in barrels in 1978 and 1998 at the old Seagram’s distillery in Lawrenceburg Indiana, the same place where every drop of Redemption Whiskey has ever been produced,” said Tom Steffanci, President of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. “The 18 Year-Old is a reflection of our obsession with Rye and showcases the ageability of rye, and the 36 Year Old is a result of our access to precious little cache of bourbon acquired many years ago.”
They come in short supply – four barrels were needed to produce the only 18 bottles of 36-year Bourbon that will be available for purchase. That’s a 94% rate of evaporation, leaving behind 48.8% ABV juice. The bottles are as special as the juice inside – complete with silk screened rye frond labels, leather cord wrapped necks, and a 1978 penny embedded in the wooden stoppers.
While the timing and method of the releases have yet to be determined (beyond the specification of select US markets), each 750ml bottle will come at a cost of $1200. The 18-Year-Old Rye has a yield of 600 bottles of 110 proof whiskey, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $400.