Dixon Dedman is seen by some as being one of the most prolific American whiskey blenders, known for his high-proof, robust bourbon and rye blends. And he recently announced his next creation, 2XO Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
2XO, otherwise known as Two Times Oak, uses a blending practice where Dixon re-barrels his hand-selected aged whiskey into new charred oak barrels to extract what’s described as those intense wood notes and rich, complex flavors.
A statement from the master blender notes that the 2XO Brand will consist of a series of small batch blends and a series of single barrel releases.
Each small batch blend will bear a distinctive name and symbol inspired by what’s described as Dedman’s passion to innovate, collaborate, and create high-quality whiskeys with unique characteristics and profiles.
The first small-batch blend in the 2XO series, The Phoenix Blend, comes out in November in select markets and in limited quantities. The Phoenix Blend will be followed by two new, small-batch blend releases and single barrel releases in each consecutive year.
“Launching 2XO is a dream come true,” Dedman said. “I had a vision to create something new in American whiskey backed by the liquid in the bottle, synonymous with quality and the anticipation of the next blend.”
Mike Morgan, president of the Prestige Beverage Group, said they are “excited to be a part of bringing Dixon Dedmans’ next creation to market. The limited-edition small batch offerings will showcase Dixons’ unique approach to blending.”
Dedman is a 40-year old master blender who grew up on the Kentucky whiskey trail infusing the learnings from industry legends with his culinary expertise from running his James Beard award winning Beaumont Inn, which has been in his family for more than a century.
Dixon is known for his high-proof Kentucky Owl Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskey blends, a brand he relaunched in 2014 from his great-great grandfather, C.M. Dedman, after it went dark in 1916 around the time of Prohibition.
His blends have garnered awards and recognition and have been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Robb Report, Playboy, Garden & Gun Magazine, The Whiskey Advocate and more.
For more information about the 2XO Brand, check out www.2XOwhiskey.com.