250,000 gallons of Kentucky Owl were seized by Federal agents and shipped up the river to the state capital, for “safekeeping” in a warehouse… One night soon after, the warehouse mysteriously burned to the ground, along with all the bourbon. The Dedmans never received a penny for the lost bourbon, and Kentucky Owl disappeared into the pages of family history. Until now.
Dixon Dedman, who worked at his family’s Beaumont Inn along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, had heard the story of his great-great grandfather’s rise and fall many times, and dreamt of one day bringing back Kentucky Owl. Family friends and kind distillers helped Dixon get a hold of some of the best barrels of bourbon in Kentucky, and he began to look into hand-selecting and blending them to recreate a new, small batch Kentucky Owl. After six years of dedicated work, he created a batch good enough to suit his tastes. Kentucky Owl was born.
Made from some of the finest bourbon in Kentucky. Barrel proof, uncut and unfiltered. Dixon’s artfully blended craft bourbons have become a cult sensation. Every batch has sold out almost solely by word of mouth.
In 1916, just before Prohibition, the Dedman family’s entire Whiskey inventory was seized by the Federal Government never to be seen again.
This is the biggest, boldest, most robust release of Kentucky Owl to date. The nose has apple, cinnamon, warm cobbler crust, nutmeg, caramel, vanilla pudding pop, red pepper, spiced apple cider and cinnamon. Palate is a constant battle between sweet, rich, creamy & spice. The mouthfeel is strong, rich, syrupy and the finish stays with you, working its way from the spice on the back towards the front of the palate after each sip.
Nose has notes of caramel toffee, sweet char, crème brulée, cinnamon, vanilla and apple. Bright initial rich caramel sweetness. Vanilla and toffee coats the front of the palate, lingers and then spreads across the back. Mid-palate tingles with pepper, cinnamon, and a hint of ginger. Finish is lingering spice with deep oak notes.
Nose brings to mind caramel, oak, charred oak. Some deep leather – saddle leather. Some tobacco, too – sweet pipe tobacco. Deep molasses notes. Hints of cinnamon-y cobbler crust. Mouthfeel is syrupy and rich. Nice initial sweetness. Finish has subtle spice but lingers. Coats the entirety of the palate – not just localised to one particular area. There’s a certain thickness to the mouthfeel. Initially notes of toffee and caramel with some crème brûlée sweetness. Finishes with smooth peppery spice that lingers longer than expected.
Heavy and rich nose. Maple syrup and butterscotch candy is there. A touch of graphite and charred oak. Syrupy and sweet on the front of the palate. It lingers up front with a certain richness found in bourbons that rely on the barrel for their flavour profile. It spreads across the palate and ends with delicate pepper spice, but the front of the palate continues to be soaked in syrupy sweetness. Driven by the caramelised sugars in the oak.