Coalition Whiskey - 6230 Old Lagrange Road, Crestwood, Kentucky, 40014

Coalition Whiskey is the first 100% Rye Whiskey finished in hand-selected Bordeaux wine barrels. Our unusually bold mash bill of 90% rye and 10% malted rye was put together to please the most demanding high-quality Rye Whiskey fans.

Coalition Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey comes in three separate expressions finished in the very best hand selected barrels (barriques) from Bordeaux, France. Only the best of the best of the fine Bordeaux wine barrels are chosen including Margaux Barriques, Pauillac Barriques, and Sauternes Barriques. The barrels enhance the taste of Kentucky Rye in unique and intriguing ways. The result is an extraordinarily rich, flavorful, complex, and smooth whiskey with a long, pleasing aftertaste.

Coalition Whiskey is distilled, aged and bottled at Kentucky Artisan Distillery in Crestwood, Kentucky. It is created utilizing time-honored, true handcrafting techniques, including zero automation and an all-copper pot still dating back to pre-Prohibition. The precious rye grain that becomes our whiskey is harvested less than a mile away at the historic Waldeck Farm. Attention to detail is paramount at each step in creating the intense, rich, and spicy flavor of Coalition Whiskey.

Coalition Whiskey comes packaged in an Art Deco-inspired ridged glass bottle echoing the cut crystal decanters made famous during the 1920s – Rye Whiskey’s heyday. It is crowned with a glass-domed closure and accentuated with 18k gold accents, hinting at the precious liquid within.

Coalition Rye Whiskey Spirits

This exceptional hand-crafted rye whiskey is aged in American white oak barrels for five years then skillfully finished in Bordeaux wine barrels for up to nine additional months. And or those wanting to sample our very original Rye whiskey before Bordeaux wine barrel finishing, there’s a Barrel Proof variety.

Coalition Whiskey - Barrel Proof and Pauillac Barriques, Sauternes Barriques, Margaux Barriques Barrel Finished Rye Whiskey
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Pauillac Barriques – Robust and confident. Our 100% Rye Kentucky Straight Whiskey is finished in Pauillac barrels and is bottled at 92.6 proof (46.3% ABV). It has a dark, seductive amber color and a very complex bouquet rich in blackberry, plum, cherry notes, hints of coffee, and spices, primarily black pepper. On the palate, the Whiskey shows a generous volume with smoked nuts and a pleasant well – integrated wood finish. Learn more.

Sauternes BarriquesSophisticated and balanced. Our 100% Rye Kentucky Straight Whiskey is finished in Sauternes barrels and is bottled at 94.2 proof (46.1% ABV). It has a deep amber color and a rich, fragrant nose with perfectly balanced honeyed vanilla notes, caramel, and apricot hints. Exquisite and remarkably elegant, it is smooth on the palate, with luscious flavors of dried fruit, toffee, and a delicate almond finish. Learn more.

Margaux Barriques – Refined and lively. Our 100% Rye Kentucky Straight Whiskey is finished in Margaux barrels and it’s bottled at 90.8 proof (45.4% ABV). It has an attractive deep garnet amber color. There is a lot of elegance in the mouth, a good backbone, and a long pleasant finish. Margaux  Barriques Whiskey has a complex flavor with floral notes of violets and lilacs, red fruit nuances, and a touch of roasted coffee beans. Learn more.

Barrel Proof – The centerpiece of Coalition Whiskey collection! 100% Rye Kentucky Straight Whiskey is a powerful unique 5-year-old Rye bottled at cask strength of 108.8 proof (54.4 ABV). It has an amber-gold color and a complex taste with deep spice, butterscotch, and orange peel notes, hints of cedar, tobacco leaves, herbal tea with a peppery finish. Learn more.

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The 11 Best Cask-Finished American Whiskeys to Drink Right Now
(The Robb Report)

Coalition Whiskey’s lineup of cask-finished rye whiskeys are intensely flavored, which seems to be the point here. There are three expressions to try, each with a different wine barrel finish – Pauillac, Sauternes and Margaux. Each is a 100 percent rye whiskey (10 percent malted rye) made at Kentucky Artisan Distillers and aged for at least five years before being finished in a Bordeaux wine barrel for up to nine months. The brand has also released a barrel-proof version of the whiskey that isn’t cask finished, so you can try it to see how it stands up against the others. There are really prominent tannin, fruit and spice flavors present in these whiskeys, tasting notes that will surely appeal to some more than others. But the intentions are loud and clear here, so anyone interested in exploring the world of powerful cask finishes should give these a try.” The Robb Report – March 2021

4 Terrific Cask-Finished Whiskeys To Try Now (Whiskey Advocate)

Part of a series of ryes finished in wine barriques from regions of Bordeaux. On this one, the nose offers vanilla frosting and a hint of bitter chocolate. Spice and sweetness meet happily on the palate, bringing chocolate-covered raspberries, brown sugar, baking spice, and lemon meringue pie. Water unlocks more spice, along with cocoa powder and dark chocolate. A creamy finish offers dried berries, bitter chocolate, and vanilla cream.David Fleming, Whiskey Advocate

The Best New American Double-Barrel Whiskies of 2021 (Maxim)

The brainchild of a trio of veteran spirits industry execs, Coalition jumps out of the gate with the first 100% rye whiskey finished in Bordeaux wine barrels. The juice is already standout, as whiskey made from 100% rye, not balanced with any corn or barley, is expensive and therefore rare in the market. Maxim

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