Happy Hunting: Old Carter Rye Batch 3 is Now on Shelves in Kentucky

Old Carter Rye Batch 3

The third batch of rye from Old Carter Whiskey Co. has arrived on shelves in Kentucky, just in time for whiskey fans around the world to converge on the state for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Old Carter Rye Batch #3 is a blend of just five barrels of 95 percent rye recipe whiskey, yielding only 1009 bottles in total. Bottled at a barrel strength, unfiltered, 116.2 proof, this marks the eighth release from the brand.

The brand promises a nose of “enticing aromas of baked goods, caraway rye spice, creme bruleé, ample fruit and a touch of leather.” On the palate, we’re told to expect “cinnamon sugar toast, tons of licorice and sweet, lingering spice…delivered in a balanced, pleasantly viscous, mouth-coating way.”

The new release follows two batches of rye, one of bourbon, and four of American Whiskey (one 12-year release, and three separate single barrels of 27-Year). It’s not the only release we can expect from the Carters this year—we’ve been told to keep an eye out for Rye Batch #4, Bourbon Batch #2, a new American whiskey, as well as a few other surprises.

Each release from Old Carter is barrel strength, unfiltered, and blended by husband and wife team Mark and Sherri Carter. The two were founding partners of Kentucky Owl, but started their own brand last year.

Old Carter Rye Batch #3 is on shelves now only in Kentucky for around $190.

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.