FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 31, 2021
LEXINGTON, Kentucky – Bluegrass Distillers, a craft distillery in Lexington, will be releasing the first ever Kentucky Blue Corn Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon. Bluegrass is the only Kentucky distillery that produces a wheated bourbon with 100% blue corn. The non-GMO corn is grown in Central Kentucky with the help of local farmers. The higher sugar content of the blue corn lends a subtle butterscotch sweetness to the nose and earthy, pecan notes on the palette.
This small batch offering of just four 53 gallon barrels meets the strict requirements to be labeled bottled-in-bond: product of a single distillery from a single distilling season, aged a minimum of four years in a federally bonded warehouse, and bottled at 100 proof or 50% alcohol by volume. Aged 4.5 years with a mash bill of 75% blue corn, 21% wheat, and 4% malted barley, this batch 001 release has tasting notes of caramel custard with hints of tobacco and anise spice.
“The blue corn bourbon started in 2016 in a crock pot as an experiment with a group of chemical engineering students.We released our first blue corn bourbon on September 2, 2017. Four years later our team is bringing you what we believe is the first Kentucky blue corn Bottled in Bond ever released.” said Sam Rock, co-founder and owner of Bluegrass Distillers “ It’s a bourbon landmark, and it wouldn’t have happened without the dedication of our team. I’m loath to brag, but I can brag about this bourbon. It’s good. It is what we hoped it would be. This first batch is a Kentucky and online only limited release, so we hope you get an opportunity to pick up a bottle. We thank you for all your support over the years.”
Bottles will first be released at Bluegrass Distillers beginning Friday, September 3rd. Bluegrass Distillers Blue Corn Bottled-in-Bond will be available through distribution in Kentucky and online through Bourbon Outfitter in the coming weeks in 750ml bottles for a suggested retail price of $60.00.
Bluegrass is undergoing a major expansion at the Historic Elkwood Farm in Midway, KY where they will relocate with an expanded distillery, barrel warehouses, tasting room and visitor center in 2022. Bluegrass is currently growing 25 acres of blue corn, or roughly 500 barrels, in Woodford County.