Bardstown Bourbon Goes Orange Curaçao For Its Latest Whiskey Cask Finish

| September 4, 2020

Kentucky’s Bardstown Bourbon Company is one distillery that loves to play with barrel finishing, particularly when working in conjunction with Kentucky brandy distillery Copper and Kings. The two most recently collaborated on a bourbon finished in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks that were sourced by the brandy maker. Now the two are back again, this time making use of special apple brandy liqueur barrels to finish a nine year old bourbon.

The new Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Destillaré Orange Curaçao bourbon, according to those behind it, takes a sourced 9 year old Tennessee bourbon and finishes it for 18 months in Destillaré Orange Curaçao barrels. Destillaré Orange Curaçao is a special copper pot distilled apple brandy liqueur from Copper and Kings that’s made in the following way, according to information from that distillery:

  • Orange peels and spices are macerated for 12 hours in apple brandy low wine.
  • Macerated peels with addition of honey is then double distilled.
  • Additional peels & lavender petals are also vapor distilled at the same time.
  • Vapor Basket botanicals (in a bag) are then macerated in the double-distilled apple brandy for 30 minutes for additional citrus extraction, and some color.
  • Distillate is then aged in a Copper & Kings American Brandy Barrel for an additional 3-6months to add color and polish and soften the spirit.
  • Orange Blossom Honey is infused in to the distillate pre-bottling as a back-sweetener as opposed to typical sugar.

This latest Bardstown Bourbon offering marks the sixth collaboration with Copper and Kings and is also the newest in its Collaborative Series.

Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Destillaré Orange Curaçao

Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Destillaré Orange Curaçao (image via Bardstown Bourbon Company)

“A brilliant orange nose takes the lead over a rich blend of baking spice, vanilla and maple,” said Bardstown Bourbon Co. Vice President of Sales & Marketing Herb Heneman in a prepared statement. “The bright citrus awakens the palate and leads to a magnificent, long lasting finish with just a touch of sweetness. You see a lot of’‘top shelf’ margaritas or martinis, but never has there been a better base for a ‘top shelf’ old fashioned than this incredible release.”

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Plans call for Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Destillaré Orange Curaçao, bottled at 100 proof, to be released in limited quantities across all 13 markets Bardstown products are available in. It will price around $125 per 750 ml bottle.

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