New York’s Kings County Distillery recently unveiled a new flagship whiskey, a blended bourbon made from house-distilled straight whiskeys.
A statement from the distillery notes that Kings County’s Blended Bourbon will be their most accessible aged spirit, an expression that is “bright, complex and approachable, a multi-occasion whiskey for neat sipping or mixing,” the distiller notes.
The new bourbon comes with a suggested retail price of $54.99, and is clad in a new blue label, which differentiates the spirit from Kings County’s established bourbon, rye, and single malt whiskeys.
“As we have done with moonshine and bottled-in-bond, making a blended bourbon is a way of asking whiskey drinkers to reconsider an overlooked category of spirit,” said Colin Spoelman, co-founder and distiller. “Blended whiskey is most often associated with crowd-pleasing Scotch or Canadian whiskies. We used the all-but-forgotten category of blended bourbon to create the American analog to these reliable and endlessly versatile spirits.”
Spoelman said the new blended bourbon is composed entirely of in-house, pot-distilled straight bourbon, straight corn whiskey, straight rye whiskey, and malt whiskey.
“In the interest of providing the drinker with the highest level of transparency and elevating a category historically associated with intentionally vague labeling practices,” he said, “we list the exact blend composition on every bottle.”
The distiller explained that by law, blended bourbon must use 51 percent straight bourbon.
“But the open-ended definition allows the Kings County’s blending team to use the full breadth of our mature inventory to craft a complex and purposeful flavor profile within the lineup,” Spoelman continued. “With this added flexibility, Blended Bourbon can become a volume leader in Kings County’s portfolio, joining an existing line of superlative aged whiskeys.”
The distiller’s notes for this Blended Bourbon show it has aromas of honey, caramel, and rye pepper. The new expression is available throughout New York State.
Kings County Distillery was founded in 2010, and makes handmade bourbon, rye, and other whiskeys out of the 123-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They use New York grain and traditional distilling equipment to make their whiskeys.
For more information on the bourbon or the whiskey maker, check out www.kingscountydistillery.com.
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