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Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey Introduces Two New Bourbons

Kentucky’s Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey, founded in the summer of 2019, will celebrate its three year anniversary with the release of two new bourbons.

Buzzard’s Roost whiskies are crafted using a combination of techniques for second barrel maturation, including 18-month-seasoned oak barrels with Char #1 with specific and intentional levels of toast.

By doing so, Buzzard’s Roost, it is said, is able to coax complex flavors from each barrel.

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Char #1 Bourbon and Toasted American Oak Bourbon (image via Buzzard’s Roost)

“Our success can be attributed to two things: the drive and passion of our team and our proprietary barrel alchemy,” said Buzzard’s Roost founder and CEO Judy Hollis Jones, in a prepared statement. “Our combination of art and science for the second barrel maturation results in flavors that can’t be found in any other whiskey in the world, and people find it delicious.”

Since their launch, Buzzard’s Roost expanded into Massachusetts and Ohio in 2021, and in 2022 the brand moved into New Mexico, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Illinois, North Carolina, and Victoria, Canada. A distribution agreement in Georgia is in process and more states are on the 2022 horizon.

To celebrate the three-year anniversary, Buzzard’s Roost introduced:

  • Char #1 Bourbon: With a mash bill of 59% corn, 36% rye and 5% malted barley, this 4-year-old double-barreled Indiana-sourced bourbon offers aromas of brown sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom, with sweet vanilla and brown sugar flavors balanced by subtle cherry and blackberry. Suggested retail price is $55 and 250 cases were produced, with a larger bottling coming soon.
  • Toasted American Oak Bourbon: This blend of 4 and 5-year-old double-barreled Indiana-sourced bourbon is a blend of two mash bills: one is 74% corn, 21% rye and 5% malted barley, and the other is 59% corn, 36% rye and 5% malted barley. The two come together with aromas of caramel, coconut and vanilla accented with sweet candy and floral notes, balanced with confectionery and baking spice, finishing with a bit of spice, butterscotch and vanilla. Suggested retail price is $75 and 530 cases are available.

“We love giving people something new to discover every few months,” said Buzzard’s Roost Master Blender Jason Brauner. “After the success of our limited-edition Toasted French Oak Bourbon earlier this year, we thought it would be fun to release our two newest expressions; a bourbon focused on the magic of our Char #1 barrels and another toasted barrel bourbon, this time in American oak.”

The statement from Buzzard’s Roost said the brand anticipates opening a micro-distillery and tasting room in downtown Louisville on Bourbon Row and will continue its marketplace expansion.

“We’re having a great time sharing these whiskies with more and more people,” Hollis Jones said. “We kept our heads above water in 2020, and we doubled our business in 2021. So far, 2022 is proving to be a blockbuster year for Buzzard’s Roost.”

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