MGP Debuts Another Of Its Own Bourbons Under Acquired Brand - The Whiskey Wash

MGP Debuts Another Of Its Own Bourbons Under Acquired Brand

By Nino Marchetti / June 9, 2017

Bulk whiskey distillery MGP, maligned as it often is, does sometimes release its own spirits under labels directly owned by it. One such brand is George Remus, which it acquired this past November. It is now releasing its first offering under this moniker, taking the form of George Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

George Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey, according to the distillery, is a high-rye blend of bourbon whiskies aged over four years and bottled at 94 proof. Very limited official tasting notes suggest “a hint of vanilla, a maple aroma, and a sweet-yet-characteristic rye flavor.” The packaging on the bottle has also been updated somewhat by MGP.

George Remus Bourbon

“We’re whiskey lovers and are very proud to offer this updated styling of George Remus Bourbon,” said Andrew Mansinne, Vice President of Brands, MGP Ingredients, in a prepared statement. “This is a complex bourbon whiskey that showcases our signature, high-rye profile and the talent of our distillation team, who have artfully crafted George Remus Bourbon into a beautiful and bold spirit inspired by George Remus’rebellious and entrepreneurial character.”

Plans call for this bourbon to price for around $45 a bottle. States it will be available in now and starting also in July include Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Minnesota. Additional markets will be announced afterwards.

For those unfamiliar with the bourbon namesake, George Remus, noted MGP, “was a Cincinnati lawyer who created one of the most intricate and successful bootlegging operations of the Prohibition era. Known as ‘King of the Bootleggers,’ Remus owned many of America’s most famous distilleries, and became a multi-millionaire before losing it all. It has been claimed that he inspired the notorious character of Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. His parties were just as legendary, and on at least one occasion Remus presented all the men with diamond stickpins as parting gifts, and their wives with new cars.”