Brown-Forman tells BourbonBlog.com King of Kentucky is returning this year with the release of its fourth edition. Hitting shelves in September, this will be the fourth release for the brand. While the majority of this year’s volume will remain in Kentucky, the expression will also be available in limited quantities in Illinois and Ohio.
The 2021 expression is a 14-year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Approximately 2,700 bottles have been produced with a suggested retail of $249.99.
King of Kentucky was established in 1881 as a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Brown-Forman acquired the brand in 1936 from Selected Kentucky Distillers and, by 1940, converted it to a blended whiskey 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 iteration, 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,” Master Distiller Chris Morris tells BourbonBlog.com. “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.
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