Brown-Forman revives King of Kentucky Bourbon brandBy Nicola Carruthers
Brown-Forman has revived its King of Kentucky Bourbon brand after a 50-year hiatus with the release of a limited edition 14-year-old expression.
The first release of King of Kentucky is based on a brand of the same name that was established in 1881 as a Kentucky straight Bourbon.
Brown-Forman acquired the brand in 1936 from Selected Kentucky Distillers and converted it to a blended whiskey until it was discontinued in 1968.
King of Kentucky will be an annual release of a single barrel inventory and will be bottled at barrel-strength.
The new expression is described as having hints of “rich oak” with intense dark chocolate and burnt caramel sweetness on the nose. The palate has notes of dark chocolate, fudge, dark cherry and an “aromatic spice character”.
“Given Brown-Forman’s 148-year history of crafting great Kentucky Bourbon, it is a memorable event to bring back to life a long retired brand and to introduce it to a new generation of aficionados,” said master distiller Chris Morris.
“King of Kentucky will provide whiskey connoisseurs with a rare look into Brown-Forman’s rich barrel archives.”
Available in Kentucky from 29 June, the first release of King of Kentucky will be limited to 1,000 bottles. It has an RRP of US$199.00.