Blue Run Spirits Launches New Bourbon From Whiskey Legend Jim Rutledge

| May 6, 2022

Blue Run Spirits’ second whiskey release of the year, “Reflection I” Kentucky Straight Bourbon, was contract-distilled by the company’s liquid advisor, Bourbon Hall of Fame member Jim Rutledge.

It’s now available at select retailers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as online at

Reflection I Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a small-batch whiskey Rutledge distilled at Castle & Key Distillery back in 2018. Two hundred barrels were chosen for the bottling, each toasted to a #3 or #4 char and aged in Frankfort and Bardstown, Kentucky. It’s bottled at 95 proof.

Reflection I Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Reflection I Kentucky Straight Bourbon (image via Blue Run Spirits)

Mike Montgomery, CEO and cofounder of Blue Run Spirits, said Reflection I will appeal to both the whiskey novice and the seasoned veteran. “This release blends barrels with medium to deep char levels allowing us to marry some very intriguing flavor differences. It is a full-flavored sipper that truly demonstrates Jim Rutledge’s finely honed skills as a distiller.”

A statement from Blue Run Spirits explained that the name “Reflection I” was chosen by two of Blue Run’s founders who faced personal challenges over the past two years, in the middle of the pandemic and while launching the brand.

As the two founders pulled juice from existing aging stocks, this refined bourbon, at this particular proof, is what they both enjoyed during those trying times, allowing them to reflect on matters, first and foremost family.

The distiller’s notes show that “Reflection I” features Rainier cherries and creamy butterscotch on the nose, followed by pancakes and maple syrup on the front end, fresh rosemary on the mid palate and a nutmeg finish.

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The bottle itself features metal silver ink and a sterling silver coating on the brand’s signature butterfly medallion.

The company’s previous release, High Rye Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch 2, was also contract-distilled by Rutledge at Castle & Key and blended by recently appointed Blue Run Whiskey Director Shaylyn Gammon.

Batch 1 sold out in minutes and was recently included in Fred Minnick’s Top 100 list and named one of the top 25 bourbons of the 21st Century by Robb Report.

The new Blue Run “Reflection I” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a suggested retail price of $89.99.

Blue Run Spirits can be purchased in Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, California, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, Canada, and online through Seelbach’s at

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