Green River Distilling Is Soon Unleashing Its FIRST EVER Full Proof Single Barrel Bourbon. We Can’t Wait.

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Green River Distillery's Full Proof Single Barrel Bourbon. Photo: TBR

Green River Distilling Co. (Owensboro, KY), one of Bourbon Country’s oldest distilleries, is soon releasing its inaugural FULL PROOF SINGLE BARREL “Head Distiller’s Pick #1”. We’re kinda stoked about it, given the brands extremely successful flagship and wheated Bourbon launches. For retail/bar hunting sake, Green River can now be found in 25 states.

Of note, Full Proof is a bit different vs Barrel and Cask Strength. Full Proof, while still in the higher range of booze concentration, has water added to the barrel before bottling to offset and replace the volume lost during aging (angel’s share). Versus Cask Strength (same as Barrel Strength), barrel content is transferred directly to bottling after aging is complete.

WHEN AND WHERE: Bottles will be available for purchase EXCLUSIVELY at the Green River gift shop beginning on Friday, July 21 at 1 pm CDT. The line for purchase will start at 11 a.m. and tickets for purchase will be handed out at Noon CDT. Master Distiller Aaron Harris will sign bottles for guests from 1 – 3 p.m.

VIP EXPERIENCE: A limited number of guests can join an exclusive VIP tour which will be offered July 21 at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm CDT. The tour, led by Head Distiller Aaron Harris, will include a tasting of several expressions including this Full Proof Single Barrel release, and a visit to Warehouse B, which is not available to the general public. VIP tours are $120 per person and include a take-home bottle of Green River Full Proof Single Barrel. Tickets for the VIP tours are available online HERE.

About The Release

  • PROOF: 119 Proof (59.5% abv)
  • PRICE: SRP $59.99
  • MASHBILL: 70% corn, 21% rye, 9% malted barley
  • AGE: Minimum 5 years
  • TASTING NOTES (Brand Provided): spirituous vanilla and baking spices, coating the palate with creamy honey and a distinct finish.
  • WAREHOUSE LOCATION: Warehouse B, selected by Head Distiller Aaron Harris
  • Single Barrel Expression of Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon (flagship)
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Green River Distillery Head Distiller Aaron Harris. Courtesy

“I spend a lot of time perusing the finest barrels in a score of Green River rickhouses,” said Harris. “Warehouse B is loaded with honey barrels, and this initial release is no exception. We’re excited to welcome guests to historic Owensboro for a unique selection experience.” 

A limited number of single barrels will be available annually for purchase by the barrel to select on- and off-premise retailers. Each retailer will be able to hand-select their unique single barrel on-site at the historic Green River Distillery in Owensboro, Ky. Green River Full Proof Single Barrel is offered at a suggested retail price of $59.99.

Originally founded in 1885, Green River (DSP-KY-10) is the 10th oldest distillery in Kentucky. Prior to prohibition, Owensboro, Ky. was one of the richest contributors to the bourbon industry with more than 20 distilleries. Green River, known as “the Whiskey Without Regrets,” was the official medicinal whiskey of the U.S. Marine Hospital and has been referenced as the most expensive whiskey ever sold – 20 barrels were once traded for an interest in a Colorado gold mine. Fire and prohibition relegated the brand to history. It was reestablished in 2022. The distillery also runs a successful contract distillation business, producing, aging and bottling a number of other whiskies.

Today, the “Whiskey Without Regrets” is bringing Owensboro’s rich bourbon heritage to life as the westernmost outpost of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. A gateway to east-bound visitors, it’s a short drive from St. Louis, Nashville and Evansville, Ind. The distillery welcomed nearly 10,000 visitors last year.

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From Visit Owensboro.