Kentucky Owl® Bourbon
The Wise Man’s Bourbon
Kentucky Owl was founded in 1879 by pharmacist Charles Mortimer Dedman, whose distillery on the banks of the Kentucky River produced ‘The wise man’s bourbon’ for decades – until prohibition put an end to the party in 1916. 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.
Batch #8 – Released July 2018
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.
Soft nose that smells of caramel. Light, rich, and creamy. Initial sweetness is very much there but finishes with nice barrel spice. Syrupy and thick on the palate. The taste is much lighter than the proof would have you expect. It’s well-balanced with initial sweetness, a round caramel centre, and slight spice on the finish.
The nose is light, sweet, and creamy. Notes of oak, slight cinnamon, and hints of barbecue. It initially tastes higher in proof than it actually is, and with a touch of water, becomes mild and rich. Notes of sweet corn and sweet char. With air, look for a combo of green apple and cinnamon, making you think of a spicy apple cobbler.
A much sweeter, more syrupy release than Batch #1. The nose has corn, sweet cedar, and a spicy oak character. Rich and creamy on the front of the palate gives way to spice on the end and a hint of the cinnamon. A nice lingering black pepper spice finish.
Heavily reliant on the Char 5 and Char 6 barrels for a full-flavoured, spicy bourbon. Rich in consistency, and a blast of cinnamon on the finish. Baking spices and pine across the middle. The nose reminds you of a cinnamon disk candy.
Straight Rye, No.2 – Released June 2018
The nose has notes of honey, cinnamon and warm cinnamon rolls from the oven. Strawberry jam. Combination of rich sweetness and baking spices. Initial flavors of sweet cinnamon disc candy mix with brown sugar syrup. Honey with a red pepper that lingers. Available in select international markets.
Straight Rye, No.1
The nose on this rye has elements of sweet pine, honey, nougat, vanilla, cloves and lavender. Oaky undertones, subtle cedar sawdust or fresh split cedar. Rich in consistency and not forwardly spicy on the nose. It immediately coats the entire palate, and nutmeg and cinnamon give way to pepper spice with vanilla on the front and anise across the middle. Subtle cinnamon spice clings to the finish.