The C.M. Dedman Kentucky Owl Bourbon Whiskey brand went the way of many distilleries and shut down in 1916 just prior to national Prohibition. In 2014 fifth generation family member Dixon Dedman revived the brand with the help of friends Mark and Sherri Carter and a partnership with Strong Spirits. When their 100 proof spirits came to the market, they were quickly snatched up by fans as quickly as they were released.
People noticed. In fact, the entire brand was snatched up earlier this year by S.P.I. Group. They were looking to add a whiskey brand with a rich history to their burgeoning wine & spirits portfolio and acquired the rights for “The Wise Man’s Bourbon™.” At the same time, it was announced that Stoli Group® USA, LLC would take over the national distribution, sales and marketing, as well as the global roll out, for the Kentucky Owl brand. We are starting to see that roll out taking place with this latest release.
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Bourbon Release Jumping From Single State to Seven
Kentucky Owl, The Wise Man’s Bourbon Batch #7, which will be the first of Master Blender Dixon Dedman’s releases to be made available outside of Kentucky. Just in time for Bourbon Heritage Month, the rollout will take place in September in the following states with the below distributor partners.
- California and Illinois with Southern-Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
- Florida with Breakthru Beverage Group
- Kentucky and Texas with Republic National Distributing Company
- New York and Tennessee with Empire Merchants
The Kentucky Owl Batch #7 release totals 2,535 bottles produced from 11 barrels aged 13+ years, and four barrels aged 8-9 years that have been double barreled at two years old. At 118 proof, 59% alcohol by volume, Batch #7 features a caramel, sweet char, crème brulee nose with a hint of cinnamon and red delicious apple. Vanilla and toffee join rich caramel to coat the front of the palate before the mid-palate tingles with spicy notes of pepper, cinnamon and a hint of ginger. The finish is lingering pepper spice with deep oak notes.
“As with all batches, I didn’t start with a specific taste profile in mind. Instead, I followed the flavors and landed on a combination that is sweeter on the front and more complex and spicier on the finish than my previous batches,” said Dixon Dedman. “I could not be more proud and humbled to introduce bourbon lovers in new cities to the Kentucky Owl story and to our Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey with Batch #7.”
Kentucky Owl® Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Batch #7 will be available in September with a suggested retail price of $200.