King of Kentucky releases fourth edition

Returning in its fourth iteration, King of Kentucky Bourbon is hitting the shelves this month

King of Kentucky is back with the fourth edition of its Bourbon expression, which will be available in September this year. Although the majority of the 2021 bottles will remain in Kentucky, there will also be some limited quantities available in Illinois and Ohio.

The liquid itself is a 14-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, set to produce approximately 2,700 bottles at a suggested retail price of $249.99.

First established in 1881 as a Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Brown-Forman acquired the brand in 1936 and converted it to a blended expression until it was discontinued in 1968. In 2018, Brown-Forman revived the lapsed label, paying homage to the brand’s past.

King of Kentucky is an annual periodic release of a single barrel inventory featuring a barrel-strength, minimally-filtered proof presentation, with each release and every barrel being unique. For this year’s version, master distiller Chris Morris chose 33 barrels to set aside for the limited-release product.

“This year’s release comes from two production days-14 years ago-but a mere twelve days apart,” said Morris. “Given the fact that each bottling is of a single barrel, the very slight difference in age is undetectable. All the barrels that were selected for this year are of the highest quality.”

Due to the rarity of these barrels, there will be no defined annual volume. Every bottle will tell the story of its origin through the details on the front and back of its package. All will be filled, bottled, wax-dipped, and numbered by hand with details including proof, age, warehouse location, lot number, serial number, and barrel number, all selected by Morris.  

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