About Kentucky Owl 10 Year Old Rye Batch No.4 "The Last Rye"
Kentucky Owl was founded by Charles Mortimer Dedman, a local pharmacist, in 1879. After marrying his wife, Dedman was given a large parcel of land on the banks of the Kentucky River, as a wedding gift from his adopted father who was a local town judge. C.M. Dedman Distillery was established here on the banks of the Kentucky River, producing "The Wise Man's Bourbon" under Distilled Spirits Plant Designation "No. 16," one of Kentucky’s original distilleries and part of a booming industry.
Kentucky Owl achieved much success and production continued until Prohibition halted distillation. The family-run facility was no match for the "forces of teetotalism, temperance and eventually, the Feds." In 1916, Prohibition left several local distilleries with ample reserves of bourbon. As for Kentucky Owl, approximately 250,000 gallons of bourbon were left over in various stages of aging. Today these reserves would be worth about $40 million in inventory. After Federal agents descended on the Dedman’s distillery, the bourbon was seized and shipped up the river by barge to the state capital in Frankfort for "safekeeping" in a warehouse.
Currently, Kentucky Owl is in the midst of designing a stunning state-of-the-art distillery park with rickhouses for aging, a bottling center, as well as a vintage dinner train to stop on the property. It will be built at Cedar Creek Quarry in Bardstown. The 420-acre site will boast beautiful lakes with crystal clear, limestone-filtered water that will be used in their whiskey production.
As the popularity of rye whiskey soars, there has been much demand for Kentucky Owl's premium releases that have garnered so many awards. As the number of fans grew, their inventory of aged whiskey dwindled. The Last Rye is the fourth and final in the series. "This release marks the end of an amazing journey for me. I am very proud of this release and think it’s ending on a very special note. Save this one for the right occasion," says Master Blender Dixon Dedman. A blend of 10-year-old Kentucky straight rye and Whiskey aged more than 13 years in new charred oak barrels, it's a sweet and full-flavored expression that is going to please fans for one last time.
Join the Kentucky Owl rye on its last flight today!
As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin.
It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.
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