Kentucky Owl Releases The Wiseman Bourbon

By Gary Carter / September 25, 2021

Kentucky Owl is releasing The Wiseman Bourbon, its first Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey produced and distilled by Kentucky Owl in collaboration with the Bardstown Bourbon Company.

The new bourbon is described as a blend of Kentucky Owl 4-year-old wheat and high-rye bourbons, along with 5 ½-year and 8 ½-year-old Kentucky-sourced bourbons.

“The Wiseman Bourbon is an artful balance of soft wheat and spicy high-rye that provides a smooth but complex bourbon designed to drink neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail,” said John Rhea, Kentucky Owl master blender, in a prepared statement. “The product leads with a beautiful caramel flavor and aroma followed by notes of allspice, citrus fruit and a nudge of oak.”

The Wiseman Bourbon

The Wiseman Bourbon (image via Kentucky Owl)

This is the first Kentucky Owl release under Rhea, who started with the distillery in June. Rhea previously served as Four Roses Distillery’s chief operating officer, where his responsibilities included quality control, maturation, evaluation and product blending. He was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2016 and served as chair of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association board of directors.

“The Wiseman is the beginning of the next chapter for Kentucky Owl and Stoli Group,” said Damian McKinney, Global CEO of Stoli Group. “We are continuing to evolve, innovate and grow across all segments of the spirits market.” Stoli Group purchased Kentucky Owl in 2017.

Originally founded by C.M. Dedman in 1879, the Kentucky Owl Bardstown distillery went dark during the Prohibition era and remained dormant until a descendant revived the brand in 2014. It was acquired by Stoli Group back in 2017.

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The Wiseman Bourbon, which comes in at 90.8 proof and retails for $60, is the latest addition to the Kentucky Owl portfolio, with its last blended bourbon, Confiscated, released in 2019. It will be available through a limited number of fine retailers across the distillery’s national distribution footprint.