Bardstown Bourbon Company has announced the release of Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1: a blend of their own distillates with older, sourced whiskey.
While BBCo has released other blends and finishes in the past, this will be the first release to contain their own Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
The new release is a “fusion” of two recipes of their own distillate as well as an older sourced whiskey. The team at BBCo blind tasted over 50 blends before making their final selection for Fusion Series #1.
The breakdown is as follows:
– 40 percent sourced Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey aged 11 years and 7 months with a mash bill of 74 percent corn, 18 percent wheat, and 8 percent malted barley.
– 18 percent wheated recipe Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey distilled at BBCo aged 2 years and 3 months with a mash bill of 68 percent corn, 20 percent wheat, and 12 percent malted barley.
– 42 percent high-rye recipe Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey distilled at BBCo aged 2 years and 1 month with a mash bill of 60 percent corn, 36 percent rye, and 4 percent malted barley.
The team at BBCo is expansive, and includes the efforts (and palates) of more than just the distillery workers. In addition to Master Distiller Steve Nally, the blending team also includes those working in the distillery’s attached bar and restaurant, Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar. This holistic style of blending allows them to consider all the possibilities for a whiskey: sipped neat, enjoyed in a cocktail, or paired with food.
“Our new approach to bourbon making and blending is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my career,” said Master Distiller Steve Nally in a press release. “With Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1, we’ve produced one of the finest bourbons on the market.”
The release is bottled at 98.9 proof, and the distillery states that “the lively fruit and spice of the two-year-old Kentucky bourbon counters the leather, roasted nuts and rich caramel of aged Kentucky bourbon.”
Bottles of Fusion Series #1 will be hitting shelves in Kentucky and Indiana this month, with rollouts in California, Florida, Tennessee, and Illinois in the months after, for a suggested price of around $60.