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New Releases: Michter’s, Chicken Cock, Still Austin, & Quest’s End

Whiskey distilleries in America have been busy. We have a whole host of recent releases including a fantasy whiskey from Matthew Lillard, a barrel strength rye from Michter’s, and a Bottled-in-Bond rye from Still Austin. 

Quest’s End Rogue

‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ and ‘Scream’ actor, Matthew Lillard, has helped to create a second fantasy-themed bourbon whiskey. Partnering with Find Familiar Spirits and their Dungeons & Dragons-themed brand, Quest’s End, Lillard has launched ‘Rogue’.

Crafted in Kentucky, Rogue has been blended from small-batch bourbons also from Indiana. The whiskey was then aged for four years before being bottled at 49.15% ABV. Drinkers can expect notes of vanilla, jammy fruit, and baked apples.

Every individual who purchases a bottle of Rogue will be gifted with the most recent chapter of the associated fantasy saga, “Dawn of the Unbound Gods,” by Kate Welch. The narrative is brought to life with illustrations from Tyler Jacobson.

Lillard’s venture into the whiskey industry, blending his love for D&D and spirits, is a testament to his creative prowess. With Quest’s End, he aims to offer fans an immersive experience that combines the thrill of gaming with the enjoyment of a fine whiskey.

The Quest’s End Rogue whiskey is available via the Quest’s End website for $149.99

In August 2023, Lillard ventured into spirits for the first time with the launch of the Quest’s End brand along with friend and scriptwriter, Justin Ware.

Chicken Cock Double Oak New Orleans Bourbon Festival 

The American whiskey brand, Chicken Cock Whiskey, is embracing its rich history with a new release that pays homage to New Orleans. The company’s latest offering, a 9 year old Kentucky Whiskey, will be available to purchase at the New Orlean’s Bourbon Festival between the 20th and 24th of March for $149.99. 

The celebratory whiskey was matured in used barrels for the first seven years, before being finished in new American white oak barrels that had been charred to level 4.

Chicken Cock’s connection to New Orleans dates back to the pre-Prohibition era when it was served in the city’s iconic bars. The brand’s decision to honor this historical connection showcases its commitment to preserving its heritage while embracing innovation.

Still Austin Bottled-In-Bond Rye Whiskey  

Still Austin Bottled-in-Bond Rye Whiskey

Austin’s first post-Prohibition distillery, Still Austin Whiskey Co., has announced the release of a new bonded rye whiskey. The distillery, which opened its doors in 2017, is known for its grain-to-glass approach and unique maturation process that minimizes the effects of Texas’ harsh climate.

The new bonded rye follows in the footsteps of Still Austin’s highly-rated rye whiskeys. Although it shares the same 100% Texan rye mash bill as other Still Austin releases, it stands out due to its extended maturation period of 4 years and 1 month.

This latest release is the final chapter of Still Austin’s Bottled in Bond Series, a collection of four bonded whiskeys representing each season. Previous releases included a red corn bourbon (summer), a high rye bourbon (fall), and a blue corn bourbon (winter).

The Bottled in Bond Straight Rye, with a suggested retail price of $80, is currently available at the distillery’s tasting room in Austin, Texas. An online sale and limited retail release are expected next month.

Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye 

Michter’s Distillery has announced the release of its highly anticipated US*1 Barrel Strength Rye 2024. This is the first barrel-strength rye release from Michter’s in two years.

The US*1 Barrel Strength Rye is a straight rye whiskey that follows the distillery’s tradition of releasing limited quantities to ensure optimal quality.

This 2024 release is noteworthy due to its barrel strength characteristic, which means it’s bottled directly from the barrel without dilution, preserving its robust flavor profile.

It is also decanted into the barrels for maturation at a much lower strength than is required. Whilst this is “enormously expensive”, according to Master Distiller Dan McKee, the resulting whiskey is “richer and more complex”.

Priced at $100 per 750ml bottle, the US*1 Barrel Strength Rye is available for purchase at select retailers. It’s also accessible at Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery and Michter’s Shively Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.

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