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Blue Run Spirits’ Single Barrel Double Oak Rye Released For Father’s Day

Blue Run Spirits recently introduced their Double Oak Single Barrel Rye Whiskey, the brand’s first whiskey finished in new, charred oak barrels.

A statement from the distiller explains that this expression came with tasting notes from dads who are also whiskey fans.

Blue Run Double Oak Single Barrel Rye Whiskey is now available online at, and you can also find a bottle in select retail in Kentucky, California, Illinois, Florida and Michigan starting in July.

Blue Run Double Oak Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
Blue Run Spirits recently introduced their Double Oak Single Barrel Rye Whiskey, the brand’s first whiskey finished in new, charred oak barrels. (image via Blue Run Spirits0

This is Blue Run’s first whiskey aged in two separate, new American white oak barrels. Both got a #3 medium toasted char.

The first barrel ages the whiskey for the majority of its time, but just before bottling, the whiskey goes into another new barrel for a final finishing that’s meant to give it extra sweetness from the newness of that char.

“With single barrel releases over 100 proof, this whiskey was already packed with flavor, but we wanted to add just a little more smoke depth to match the spicy rye,” said Blue Run’s co-founder and CEO, Mike Montgomery. “Opting for a new, freshly charred oak barrel for the finishing versus a used port or other wine varietal barrel is a different tact in keeping with our quest for innovative whiskey experiences.”

He said the cherry on top was having whiskey dads provide the tasting notes for Blue Run. “It was a great way for us to get even closer to our fans,” he said.

This rye whiskey is bottled from 10 single barrels at barrel strength. Each barrel in the collection ranges from 104.8 to 110.7 proof with no water added.

The Blue Run Double Oak Single Barrel Rye Whiskey bottle features a gold-rimmed, individually laser-engraved wooden butterfly medallion. The whiskey has a suggested retail price of $199.99.

Blue Run’s tasting notes, courtesy of their “whiskey dads” 

Barrel: #68601

  • Dad: Ryan Mills
  • Instagram: @ThatOneDudeRyan
  • Bottle Number: 01F
  • Proof: 110.7
  • Nose: Candied berries, toffee, yellow cake, teak, dried cereal grain, fudge, and allspice.
  • Palate: Toffee, vanilla bean, coffee, sweet cream, candy cinnamon, and hay. The mouth is viscous, oily, and effervescent.
  • Finish: Long, coffee cake, dark chocolate, grassy, with black pepper.

Barrel: #68591

  • Dad: Mark Matthews
  • Instagram: @_markmatthews
  • Bottle Number: 02F
  • Proof: 108.1
  • Nose: Maple syrup, white pepper, grilled citrus, and green apple.
  • Palate: Toasted oak, toasted bread, cooked bananas, and black pepper.
  • Finish: Medium finish that’s both fruity and spicy.

Barrel: #68588

  • Dad: Derek Weaver
  • Instagram: @straight_lines_and_bourbon
  • Bottle Number: 03F
  • Proof: 108.8
  • Nose: Cherry, Carmel, leather.
  • Palate: Oaky, but not overpowering.
  • Finish: Smooth, gentle and lingering.

Barrel: #68590

  • Dads: Da Black and Brown Podcast
  • Instagram: @dablackandbrownpodcast
  • Bottle Number: 04F
  • Proof: 104.8
  • Nose: Toasted cinnamon with hints of dark fruit sweetness.
  • Palate: Brown sugar dominates followed by an echo of spice and the slightest hint of mint.
  • Finish: Craig Mack “Flavor in ya ear.”

Barrel #68589​

  • Dad: Sung Kim​
  • Instagram: @mrkimbio​
  • Bottle Number: 05F​
  • Proof: 107.6​
  • ​Nose: Cinnamon, red hot candy, orchard fruit, apple, Mexican hot chocolate, tart sweetness, and caramel ribbon ice cream.
  • Palate: Mild spice, green apple, vanilla bean extract, crème brûlée, mild oak.​
  • Finish: Medium to long with oak, mild spice, milk chocolate cocoa powder (so nice and pleasant!).

Barrel #68582

  • Dad: Louis Mills
  • Instagram: @bourbon_stillz_millz79
  • Bottle Number: 06F
  • Proof: 105.5
  • Nose: Very floral and fruity with hints of honey suckle. Strong caramel and vanilla followed by deep, sweet smoky oak accompanied by warm cinnamon rolls.
  • Palate: Citrus (orange and lemon) combines with an oaky, buttery-vanilla-cinnamon sensation followed by notions of crispy caramel char that doubles down on both sweetness and spice.
  • Finish: Sultry and smoky with charred orange, caramel and cinnamon.

Barrel: #68593

  • Dad: Will Ly
  • Instagram: @whisky_whiskey_chronicles
  • Bottle Number: 07F
  • Proof: 106.2
  • Nose: Plum, blackberry, caramel, rich oak, vanilla, and the essence of mint.
  • Palate: Minty refreshment, lightly sweetened raspberry/strawberry jam, candied orange peel.
  • Finish: Medium-long minty tingle; gentle dryness.

Barrel: #68594

  • Dad: Zach Johnston
  • Instagram: @ztpwhiskey
  • Bottle Number: 08F
  • Proof: 107.7
  • Nose: Bright dried red chili peppers mingle with soft leather, a twinge of toffee sweetness, soft red berries, and a whisper of umami.
  • Palate: Caramel and woody vanilla rush to a touch of cherry bark and ABV warmth next to creamy winter spice and a hint of sharp red chili heat.
  • Finish: The end is a long and warm hug with a sense of dried brown spices with a hot edge, mild nuttiness, and a foundation of buttercream cut with sassafras chips.

Barrel #68592​

  • Dad: John Edwards
  • Instagram: @dadsdrinkingbourbon​
  • Bottle Number: 09F​
  • Proof: 108.2​
  • ​This is big and bold! The nose is thick and long with rye spices. You can tell it has a lot of flavor to it…when you sniff it you know it’s going to be a BIG pour. The mouth feel is complete with a heavy tingle and it gives you the biggest hug ever. It’s earthy and green, like being in a field of wildflowers.

Barrel # 68586

  • Dad: Adam Cherne​
  • Instagram: @eatsimbibeandlife​
  • Bottle Number: 10F​
  • Proof: 107.5​
  • ​Nose: Aged oak, leather, soft dill and gobs of brown sugar.​
  • Palate: Cinnamon and baking spices combine with, cherry and charred oak.​
  • Finish: Warm baking spices

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