Remus Repeal Reserve II is Coming This Fall from MGP

MGP's Remus Repeal Reserve II
MGP's Remus Repeal Reserve II, courtesy of MGP Ingredients, Inc.

Remus Repeal Reserve is coming back this fall. MGP Ingredients, Inc. will release Series II of the annual whiskey release this November.

Crafted at their 170-year old distillery in Lawrenceburg, IN and produced to commemorate Prohibition Repeal Day, Series II is a limited bottling that will be available on November 13, the birthdate of brand namesake George Remus. 

Remus, known as “The King of the Bootleggers,” was a Chicago lawyer and pharmacist who moved to Cincinnati during the Prohibition era and bought up drug stores in the area. After receiving legally acquired shipments of medicinal whiskey, “thieves” hired by Remus himself would steal the whiskey to be sold on the Black Market.

Remus threw lavish parties with his ill-gotten gains, showering guests with jewelry, cash, and even cars, going on to become the inspiration for Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby. The bottle’s Art Deco design nods to the glamorous history of the man and the time. 

This year’s medley will showcase more than ten years of reserve- aged bourbons, and will be presented in select tastings for whiskey lovers through December 5, National Prohibition Repeal Day.

Remus Repeal Reserve Series II is a blend of two mash bills from 2007 and 2008. It is comprised of:

15 percent 2007 Bourbon (21 percent Rye)

50 percent 2008 Bourbon (21 percent Rye)

10 percent 2007 Bourbon (36 percent Rye)

25 percent 2008 Bourbon (36 percent Rye)

Made in a signature high-rye style, the medley will change each year, allowing the distillery team to experiment with their various mash bills and cask-aged reserves. 

“The launch of Remus Repeal Reserve Series I exceeded our expectations last December,” says Andrew Mansinne, Vice President of Brands, MGP Ingredients. “The development of a limited release that allows our distillery team to present an experimental, complex blend from the best of our bourbon barrels each year has been a rare opportunity. We’re continuing to push the limits with this year’s edition. Series II presents an even bolder high-rye profile but builds on our theme of weaving multiple bourbons into a beautifully smooth style for the ultimate in sipping pleasure.”

Remus Repeal Reserve Series II retails for a suggested $85 per 750-ml bottle and will be available in limited quantities as of November 13, 2018. It is bottled at 100 proof/50% ABV.

Caroline Paulus
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.