Kentucky Owl’s Bourbon Batch #9 Will Be Highest Proof Yet

Kentucky Owl Bourbon Batch #9.

Kentucky Owl has announced the release of Bourbon Batch #9, hitting this month shelves in 42 states.

Batch #9 clocks in at 127.6 proof, the highest yet from the brand. Although the mash bills included in the blend have not been released, this batch contains bourbons from barrels aged six to 15 years old.

“This is the most robust Kentucky Owl batch I’ve ever created,” claims Kentucky Owl Master Blender Dixon Dedman. “It may be the most flavorful liquid ever bottled for the brand. To me, it’s a bourbon monster in the best way possible. I hope it’s something both serious and casual whiskey drinkers appreciate.”

Dedman brought his family’s pre-Prohibition bourbon brand back to life in 2014 with the help of wine blenders Mark and Sherri Carter. Each very small, limited edition batch of Kentucky Owl is bottled at barrel proof, and is unique from those before.

In his latest batch, the brand tells us to look for “sweet fruitiness from white grape and creamy notes of cinnamon roll and vanilla” at the start, and “significant oak, honeysuckle and caramel notes” with a “spice finish that stretches across the back of the palate.”

“Bourbon Batch #9 has an intensity and a boldness in its complexity that really make it stand out from Dixon’s past releases,” added Lee Tatum, managing director for Kentucky Owl. “We’re looking forward to rolling out our bourbon to some new states, but this is still a highly allocated product.”

Last month the brand released Batch #3 of Kentucky Owl Rye, a 10-year age stated whiskey bottled at 114 proof.

Just over 10,000 bottles of Kentucky Owl Bourbon Batch#9 will be hitting shelves this month in 42 states (Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and Wyoming) at a suggested retail price of around $300. 

Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.