LEBANON, Ky. (September 1, 2015) – Using product it gained access to via a partnership formed last year with Luxco, Limestone Branch Distillery said it will introduce Yellowstone Limited Edition, a marriage of a seven-year rye, a seven-year whetted bourbon and a 12-year rye.
Set to hit the market in October, the Lebanon-based craft distiller said 6,000 bottles of Yellowstone Limited Edition are being produced, describing it as an ultra-premium bourbon combination with an exceptional depth of flavor and complexity. It is the result of a unique production process.
“I hand-selected the barrels of the 12-year bourbon to add just the right notes and create a truly distinct, well-rounded flavor profile,” says Steve Beam, president and distiller of Limestone Branch. “Given our partnership with Luxco and the access they have to high-quality bourbon, we were able to hand-select ‘honey barrels’ for this small batch to find the best complementary flavors to enhance the seven-year bourbon and create just the right combination so the bourbon hits different areas of the palate for a superior experience.”
Luxco, a St. Louis-based producer, importer and marketer whose portfolio of brands includes Everclear Grain Alcohol, Ezra Brooks and Rebel Yell bourbons, last December purchased a 50 percent stake in Limestone Branch, which began operation in 2011.
Once he found the perfect bourbons, Beam added a distinctive spin to the final product.
“Some of the bourbon was chill-filtered, some of it was not; but what makes this combination unique is that we took the 12-year rye bourbon out of its barrels, and poured the seven-year bourbon into the 12-year barrels to enrich it and extract more flavors. This process of reusing the barrels allowed the younger bourbons to pick up the more mature notes, adding a cinnamon and caramel taste as well as some smoky notes.”
Yellowstone Limited Edition, bottled at 105 proof, celebrates the 105th anniversary of Steve Beam’s great-grandfather, Minor Case Beam, selling his Old Trump Distillery to Joseph Bernard Dant, a pioneer distiller and relative from his mother’s side.
“It’s been a dream for my brother Paul and I to return the Yellowstone brand back to our family,” Beam said. “With this bourbon, both sides of our family – the Beams and the Dants – and their distilling heritage, come together. It was one of the main reasons we partnered with Luxco, to bring Yellowstone back home and begin distilling and bottling it right here at Limestone Branch.”
Steve Beam and his brother Paul Beam opened Limestone Branch in 2011. The distillery is known for its Moon Pie Moonshine, T.J. Pottinger Sugar Shine and Precinct No. 6 whiskey. With a history of distilling on both sides of their family, the brothers are seventh-generation distillers.
Yellowstone Limited Edition will be officially launched during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, held in Historic Bardstown Sept. 15-20. Suggested retail price for the bourbon is $105.
For more information on Limestone Branch Distillery and Yellowstone, please visit www.limestonebranch.com, www.yellowstonebourbon.com orwww.facebook.com/limestone-branch-distillery.