Bardstown Bourbon Company Showcases Innovation in Two New Releases
Discovery #11 first in distillery’s exclusive blending series to feature its estate-distilled bourbon, while Carter Cellars collaboration features partnership with world-class vintner
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (September 28, 2023) – Bardstown Bourbon Company’s modern and transparent approach to whiskey making will be on full display in two new releases hitting shelves October 6.
Bardstown Bourbon Co. Discovery #11 continues the award-winning series that showcases the innovative distiller’s practice of artfully blending rare and exemplary whiskies found around the world to push the envelope of flavor and style. Yet, in a first for the distillery, this edition of the Discovery Series includes a bourbon that was estate-distilled at Bardstown Bourbon Co.
“This is a special milestone in our Discovery Series, as our own estate-distilled whiskey has now matured, which gives us some exciting new blending opportunities,” said Dan Callaway, VP of Product Development for Bardstown Bourbon Co. “So, for Discovery #11, we decided to celebrate in a Kentucky kind of way and chose all Bluegrass-based bourbons to blend with what we estate-distilled.”
Over the years, the Discovery Series has combined whiskies from Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Georgia, and even Ontario, Canada. Discovery #11 is the first time since Discovery #4 the series has featured all Kentucky bourbons.
“We used our bottled-in-bond recipe from the new Origin Series of our estate-distilled bourbon, however we wanted to explore a different take so the whiskey aged its entire life in French oak barrels as opposed to the traditional American oak,” Callaway added. “On their own, these stood as three tremendous bourbons, but some real magic occurred when they came together.”
Discovery #11 offers rainier cherry, butterscotch, brown sugar and roasted peanut on the nose, then a spirited palate of toffee and cinnamon spice, followed by a finish of ripe red fruit and oak. It is presented at 118.1 proof (59.05% ABV) and offered at an SRP of $139.99. Roughly 3,000 9L cases will be available through the Bardstown Bourbon Co. gift shop, at retailers in 24 states and online at Seelbachs.com.
Collaboration with world-class vintner Carter Cellars added as a special release
Continuing its Collaborative Series that crosses spirits categories, Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s second new release is a collaboration with Mark and Sherri Carter, and the decorated Napa Valley winemaker Carter Cellars.
For this release, a custom blend of mature bourbon and rye rested in ten Carter Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet barrels for an additional 14 months. The wine barrels were freshly emptied, to impart maximum flavor and they were separated and rotated throughout the rickhouse multiple times, yielding a beautiful balance of indulgent dark fruit and French oak spice.
“Carter Cellars has always shot for excellence in our award-winning wines, and we have a long history of producing 100-point wines. This has been a wonderful collaboration bringing together our teams who are all continuously on the pursuit of perfection,” said Mark Carter of Carter Cellars.
Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s Carter Cellars Collaborative Series offers a premium and complex aroma of cassis, violet, cinnamon and leather. On the palate it presents a rush of dark fruit, roasted pecan and vanilla cream that leads to a luscious lightly tannic finish. It is presented at 108.3 proof (54.15% ABV) and offered at an SRP of $159.99. Roughly 225 9L cases will be available at the Bardstown Bourbon Co. gift shop and select Kentucky retailers.
About Bardstown Bourbon Company
Founded in 2014 by Peter Loftin in the heart of Bourbon Country on 100 acres of active farmland, Bardstown Bourbon Company is one of the country’s most modern and technically advanced whiskey distilleries. Celebrating the art of making high-quality, authentic bourbons, the innovative distillery produces custom rye, whiskey and bourbon for prominent brands including Jefferson’s, Blue Run, Belle Meade and many others through its one-of-a-kind collaborative distilling program. Bardstown Bourbon Company honors tradition and drives innovation with their exceptional destination experience for visitors, including The Kitchen and Bar at Bardstown Bourbon Company. In addition to their flagship Origin Series, Bardstown Bourbon Co. offers limited releases throughout the year including the Discovery Series, which showcases the art of blending, and Collaborative Series, which celebrates partnership and transparency across multiple spirit categories. Bardstown Bourbon Co. also owns Green River Distilling Co., located in Owensboro, Kentucky. Learn more at BardstownBourbon.com.