When one takes a look at the massive industry that is American whiskey in Kentucky, it is truly an impressive sight. Of all that is produced there, however, how much of it is 100 percent Kentucky? That is to say, how much of it is produced using ingredients and barrels derived completely from the Bluegrass State? It is an interesting question to consider, and one Bardstown Bourbon Company is addressing with a new whiskey it recently put into barrel.
The as yet unnamed whiskey, according to those behind it, goes all Kentucky materials when it comes to its development. The recipe for it includes “39% corn from Marion County, Kentucky; 52% wheat from Washington County, Kentucky; and 9% malted barley grown in Logan County, Kentucky and malted by South Fork Malthouse in Cynthiana, Kentucky.”
After distillation, it was blended into “33 Kentucky Oak barrels sourced from Canton Cooperage in Lebanon, Kentucky at 112 proof.
What will one day be the Bardstown Bourbon Kentucky Proud Whiskey (image via Bardstown Bourbon Company)
“It will age for 8 years at Bardstown Bourbon Company, available as a limited release to the state of Kentucky only in 2028. The idea for this product came from Bardstown Bourbon Company head distiller Nick Smith who will oversee the production from start to finish.”
“This will be a Kentucky crowd-pleaser with all raw materials from grain to barrel sourced locally in Kentucky,” said Smith in a prepared statement.”I’m a sucker for a product with subtle sweetness that is guaranteed to go down soft and easy. It will be filled with honey, vanilla, dried berries, toffee and caramel flavors.”
“Nick was responsible for this product from ideation to implementation,” added Chief Operating Officer John Hargrove. “It is the first recipe that will be produced completely under his care and we’re confident that his knowledge, experience and leadership will yield one of the top wheated whiskies on the market.”
Bardstown Bourbon is doing the whiskey in conjunction with Kentucky Proud, a trademarked brand for Kentucky’s agricultural products grown and produced in the state. Those behind Proud noted Bardstown is “one of the first distilleries to produce a wheated whiskey using ingredients and barrels derived completely from Kentucky.”
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...