The 2018 Yellowstone Limited Edition Bourbon is hitting the shelves at Limestone Branch Distillery – and completing their trio of barrel finished experiments. This year’s Yellowstone Limited Edition is a blend of four to 12 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbons finished in No. 3 char wine casks. Like the 2017 Yellowstone Limited Edition, this year’s expression will contain Limestone Branch Distillery’s own distillate.
“The Yellowstone Limited Edition variants have been an incredible outlet for my creativity and flair for experimenting,” says Steve Beam, president and distiller of Limestone Branch Distillery. “We started the process in 2016 and I am proud of the three limited editions we created – and how they are linked to each other.”
The link comes in the form of the wine casks used to finish each of the 3 limited edition bottlings. “In 2016, we finished our Limited Edition bourbon in specially selected new wine barrels, which lent their special flavor to that year’s celebrated bourbon, but their journey had barely begun. Later that year, after the bourbon was dumped and bottled, the same 28 barrels were lightly charred and we filled them with our 2017 Limited Edition bourbon. This year, we took the very same barrels – now rich with complexity – and deeply charred them before filling them with our 2018 Limited Edition,” says Beam.
This year’s release is bottled at 101 proof and comes in commemorative tubes signed by Steve Beam. Approximately 12,000 750ml bottles will be available for a suggested retail price of $99.99. Bottles are available at the distillery now, and will roll out to selected markets over the next few weeks.