Remus Repeal Reserve Series V Will Have Oldest MGP Bourbon Yet in the Blend

Remus Repeal Reserve Series V. Courtesy Photo.

The newest member of the Remus Repeal Reserve Series is arriving this September, with 15- and 16-year-old Indiana Bourbon in the blend.

This year marks the first time that Luxco, recently acquired by MGP, will be releasing the older brother to the flagship 94 proof George Remus bourbon. The previous four releases have all been blends of 10 to 12-year-old high rye Indiana Bourbon, with Series II through IV bottled at 100 proof.

This year’s Series V release is comprised of barrels laid down from 2005 to 2008, making by far the oldest average Remus Repeal Reserve yet. It’s also the widest range of barrels and recipes used, with a total of five different bourbons used to craft this release. The final 100 proof blend breaks down as 9% 2005 Bourbon (21% Rye), 5% 2005 Bourbon (36% Rye), 19% 2006 Bourbon (21% Rye), 13% 2008 Bourbon (21% Rye) and 54% 2008 Bourbon (36% Rye). Doing some quick math, this means that the barrels in the blend range from 13 (or on the older end of 12 years, depending on which month exactly they were laid down) to 16 years old. In good news for fans of Remus Repeal Series IV, the majority (67%) of this years Series V blend is the same 2008 bourbon that was used for Series IV.

“Remus Repeal Reserve has been such an amazing journey for our distillery team, and we wanted to do something extraordinary for our fifth-year anniversary,” said Master Blender David Whitmer, in a press release. “Series V exemplifies what our Remus Repeal collection stands for: to showcase the incredible range of medleys and aged reserves we work with in Lawrenceburg. Whether this is your first taste of our Remus Repeal collection or your fifth, Series V represents a particularly special opportunity for us to show you what great bourbon can be.”

The distillery offers tasting notes of “dried fruit, rich caramel, maple syrup, roasted nuts and leather,” with a beginning that “includes rich toffee and vanilla, followed by chocolate, glazed nuts and oak” and a finish that “offers candied fruit, caramel, baking spice and a lingering oaky rye spice.”

Remus Repeal Reserve Series V will begin hitting shelves across the U.S. in September for a retail price of around $90.

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.