Kentucky Owl unveils Mardi Gras XO Cask and Batch 12 expressions

Kentucky Owl

The latest duo of whiskey releases showcase the brand’s range just in time for the holiday season

Stoli Group, owner of Kentucky Owl, has announced the release of two new whiskey expressions in time for the holiday season – Kentucky Owl Batch #12 and Kentucky Owl Mardi Gras XO Cask Limited Edition.

Batch #12 continues the legacy started in 2014 with Batch #1, the first Kentucky Owl bourbon released since Prohibition. Batch #12 is the latest limited batch release iteration, crafted by master blender John Rhea.

For Batch #12, Rhea blended bourbons that were from 7 to 14 years old, in with two different 4-year-old bourbons to create this unique blend. Batch #12 is bottled at 115.8 proof (57.9% ABV) with a suggested retail price of $400.

Photo Credit: Kentucky Owl, Mardi Gras XO Cask

The Kentucky Owl Mardi Gras XO Cask Limited Edition is an extremely small release created thanks to Stoli Group’s diverse portfolio. Beginning with a Kentucky Owl 11-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, the product was then finished for over one year in Bayou Rum XO Casks. Created in celebration of the spirit of Mardi Gras and the pride of Louisiana. The Mardi Gras edition is bottled at 102.8 proof (51.4% ABV) with a suggested retail price of $500.

Bayou Rum master blender Reiniel Vicente Diaz thought to himself: “there’s a lot of good times rolling around in these barrels.” The thought was reminiscent of the Mardi Gras mantra, “laissez les bons temps rouler” — let the good times roll — and in that moment the inspiration came to pour the rye into 38 freshly emptied, Bayou Rum XO Mardi Gras ultra-premium rum casks.

Diaz knew the humidity of the unique Louisiana climate worked wonders on his own Bayou rum and was curious how it would shape the rich Kentucky rye.

These are the latest Kentucky Owl releases under Rhea, who previously served as Four Roses Distillery’s chief operating officer.

Both whiskeys will be hitting the shelves in early December.

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