NEW RELEASE: Blue Run’s First Triple Aged Whiskey – “Trifecta”

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Blue Run's "Trifecta" Bourbon.

Following its recent acquisition by Molson Coors, Blue Run announced this week its first whiskey under Coors Spirits Co. Trifecta Bourbon is Blue Run’s first triple-aged whiskey, comes in at 117.1 proof, and was blended by Blue Run Whiskey Director Shaylyn Gammon. It’s hitting shelves now nationally for $179.99 and online via

Blue Run Trifecta Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a small-batch whiskey that demonstrates the delicate balancing act required when blending a high-quality base whiskey with the vivid flavors and aromas from older “wood heat” whiskeys. Trifecta starts with a base of six-year-old whiskey, which makes up less than half of the composition of the total liquid. To add additional depth and character, Blue Run Whiskey Director Shaylyn Gammon blends that with two whiskeys aged in the upper reaches of their respective rickhouses, giving them what she calls “wood heat.”

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Blue Run Whiskey Director, Shaylyn Gammon. Courtesy

“’Wood heat’ barrels are those that experienced the highest temperatures the warehouse has to offer due to their position at the top, forcing out the water molecules and concentrating the alcohol within the barrel,” said Gammon. “These higher-proofed barrels, in turn, extract more of the components of the wood from the barrel that can contribute a particular wood intensity to the whiskey, which needs to be approached with a knowledgeable, restrained hand when blending.”

Shaylyn chose these nine- and eight-year-old barrels from Blue Run’s more than 5,000-barrel inventory knowing that the six-year-old Kentucky whiskey would help balance the spiciness of the aged product. It is a precise art, making sure the “wood heat” barrels add the desired layers of complexity without overpowering the base whiskey. To perfect the blend, Shaylyn used 10% more of the nine-year-old than the eight-year-old specifically to achieve greater approachability at Trifecta’s near barrel proof of 117.1.

Respective Mashbills

  • 9-year-old: 78% Yellow Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
  • 8-year-old: 75% Yellow Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Malted Barley
  • 6-year-old: 78% Yellow Corn, 12% Rye, 10% Malted Barley

Blend Ratios

  • 9-year-old: 32%
  • 8-year-old: 22%
  • 6-year-old: 46%

Fun Fact: Shaylyn calls the nine-year-old Bourbon in Trifecta the “Lost Whiskey.” After being purchased from the partner distillery, it was discovered the whiskey had somehow made its way from Kentucky to Spain, causing a lot of head scratching and some logistical hoop jumping to get it back to the Commonwealth.

BOTTLE DESIGN: For this release, Blue Run’s signature butterfly medallion on the bottle is pewter, an alloy made from three separate metals, which serves as a nod to the three separate aged whiskeys in Trifecta.