Lexington, Kentucky-based distillery RD1 Spirits originally was known for its WM Tarr bourbon. Now, in a transition to their own labeling, the outfit has revealed a new line of whiskeys and a new premium package design.
The new RD One bourbons, according to those behind them, include a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at 98 proof ($49) and a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished with French Oak at 101 proof ($59). Both new releases were launched first in the distillery tasting room and are now available on shelves in Kentucky and soon to be Indiana. They are also available online for purchase on their website.
“We are excited to transition into this new bourbon with a brand that truly reflects where we’re headed,” said RD1 Vice President of Marketing Chris Tetterton, in a prepared statement. “Our whiskeys aren’t just made for collecting. We are extremely proud of our premium bourbon line, but we think that bourbon is still best enjoyed with others.”
Official tasting notes for each whiskey are below. RD1 Spirits, for those unfamiliar with them, describes themselves as being inspired by Lexington’s first registered distillery. They say they are “committed to the principles and foundations laid over 150 years ago by William Tarr, one of the bourbon giants of the Bluegrass.”
- RD1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon – This is a 98 proof bourbon with a mash bill of 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% malted barley. The tasting notes are orange candied spice, dried cherries, apple pie, maple sugar, and campfire.
- RD1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Finished With French Oak – This is a 101 proof bourbon with a mash bill of 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% malted barley. The tasting notes are chocolate, almond, rose, allspice, and smooth cream.
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