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New Release Register: Evan Williams, Casey Jones, Dough Ball, & High West

In this week’s American whiskey new releases, we have a single barrel expression from Evan Williams, a celestial serving from Casey Jones, a birthday cake whiskey from Dough Ball, and the first Bottled in Bond rye from High West. 

Evan Williams Kentucky Derby Single Barrel Bourbon 

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Evan Williams Bourbon has announced the release of its annual limited-edition Kentucky Derby Single Barrel Bourbon. This special release, a tradition now in its eighth year, is a nod to the much-anticipated Kentucky Derby Festival.

The 2024 edition of this exclusive bourbon is bottled at 113 proof, making it a high-strength offering that promises a robust and flavorful experience. The bottle features the official logo of the 2024 Kentucky Derby Festival and includes a custom-designed neckband depicting a pegasus, in honor of the 150th Kentucky Derby. 

The whiskey was distilled in 2016 and the label on each bottling shows the exact bottling date as well as the barrel number.

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, located on Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row,” offers visitors an immersive experience that celebrates the heritage of America’s national spirit.

The limited-edition bottle is available for purchase at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and select retail locations at an RRP of $84.99. Its release marks the beginning of the festive spring season in Louisville, setting the stage for the upcoming Kentucky Derby Festival.

Casey Jones Total Eclipse Kentucky Straight Bourbon 

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To celebrate the upcoming total solar eclipse, Casey Jones Distillery has announced the launch of its new four-grain Total Eclipse Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The bourbon, priced at $49.99 for a 750ml bottle, has been created by Master Distiller Arlon (“AJ”) Casey Jones and is considered the perfect accompaniment to the celestial event occurring on April 8, 2024.

The Total Eclipse Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a balanced four-grain bourbon aged for a minimum of two years. Made from locally sourced corn, wheat, rye, and barley (mash bill: 75% corn, 10% wheat, 10% rye, 5% malted barley), it offers a “semi-sweet body of orange zest, toasted oak, and a pecan nut finish”.

In addition to the bourbon, Casey Jones Distillery is also re-releasing its sold-out Total Eclipse Moonshine which was inspired by a Prohibition-era family recipe of corn and cane in equal quantities.

The Casey Jones Total Eclipse Moonshine was a smash hit when it was released in 2017, coinciding with another solar eclipse.

Casey Jones Distillery will host a gathering on April 8th, where bourbon and astronomy lovers can enjoy signature cocktails while witnessing the solar eclipse.

Dough Ball Birthday Cake Whiskey 

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Whiskey lovers are in for a sweet surprise. Dough Ball Whiskey, known for its innovative and playful flavors, has announced the launch of its newest offering – Birthday Cake. This exciting addition to their lineup promises a unique tasting experience that combines the warmth of whiskey with the indulgent sweetness of a traditional birthday cake.

Birthday Cake is the latest in a line of creative flavors from Dough Ball Whiskey, which prides itself on pushing the boundaries of traditional whiskey. The new flavor encapsulates the joyous spirit of celebrations, making it a perfect choice for those looking to add a festive touch to their drinks.

The Birthday Cake Whiskey is described as having a smooth, creamy profile with notes of vanilla frosting and a hint of sprinkles. The taste is reminiscent of a classic birthday cake, making it an ideal drink for both whiskey enthusiasts and sweet-toothed drinkers alike.

The new expression is now available for purchase in select retail locations for $26.99.

High West Bottled In Bond Rye Whiskey 

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High West, a Utah-based distillery renowned for its creative blending, has unveiled its first Bottled in Bond rye whiskey. The new offering marks a significant milestone in the company’s history, as it spotlights High West’s own distillate nearly two decades after its founding.

The High West Bottled in Bond Rye was crafted by distilling manager Isaac Winter. It was distilled entirely from a hybrid strain of rye named Guittino —20% malted and 80% unmalted. The whiskey was distilled at the Wanship distillery in 2018 and was bottled in December 2023.

Winter describes the flavor profile of the Bottled in Bond as more cereal-forward than High West’s usual house style for rye, which tends to be more herbaceous and spicy. This rye whiskey also has floral characteristics and a waxy finish.

Priced at $80, the Bottled in Bond is currently available nationwide, with a large portion available at the High West Saloon in Park City, Utah. High West plans to make this expression a yearly offering with wider availability in the future.

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