Rabbit Hole out of Kentucky recently announced it is is adding a new edition to its Founder’s Collection, Raceking, a five-grain, double chocolate malt bourbon.
The bottling is named in honor of Kentucky’s time-honored tradition of horse racing and explores how malting organically expands the range of flavors in whiskey. Raceking uses a unique mash bill of 70% corn, 13% rye, 10% malted rye, 4% chocolate malted wheat and 3% chocolate malted barley. Through what’s described as proprietary malting processes, a chocolate wheat from Germany and a chocolate barley from the UK help to achieve the aromatic notes and rich chocolate essence. It is cooked according to Rabbit Hole’s own methods and aged in wood-fired, toasted and charred new American oak barrels.
“Malting, like whiskey, is a part art, part science. Each malting house has standard techniques, along with individual master maltsters who bring their own creativity to the process. I tasted the chocolate grains from two malting houses, was impressed by the flavors, and immediately knew I wanted to translate those unique qualities to our whiskey,” Rabbit Hole Founder and Whiskymaker Kaveh Zamanian said in a prepared statement.
Rabbit Hole Raceking (image via Rabbit Hole)
“Of course, there’s always an element of uncertainty but the potential reward is worth the risk. So we made the whiskey, laid down barrels, and waited to see how it turned out I have to say four years later, it is a truly unique and simply outstanding expression. I’m especially proud with Raceking because it represents our passion for creativity and innovation, and our commitment to redefining the standard of American whiskey.”
Official tasting notes from the distillery speak of rich cocoa, aromas of brown sugar and toasted bread, followed by hints of hazel, cinnamon spice, black cherry and tobacco. It finishes off with lingering chocolate and earthy notes of wood and leather.
The bottling is offered at a cask strength of 109.2 proof and is presented in a linen-patterned box featuring the brand’s rabbit marque in a chocolate-brown etching surrounded by metallic mocha appointments and racing-silk-blue accents. It features embossed-glass detailing of the brand’s sash label on the bottle and includes a metallic-topped cork engraved with Kaveh’s family crest of “Amare et Opus,” meaning loving what you do.
With a limited number of 1,365 bottles available, Rabbit Hole Raceking Founder’s Collection will be released in the beginning in September at fine retail shops for a suggested retail price of $295.
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