KO Distilling announced the launch of its Bottled-in-Bond Distiller’s Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Hand-crafted from local Virginia corn, wheat and malted barley in one distilling season, the bourbon is aged for four years in charred new American Oak barrels. The result is KO Distilling’s first Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, which also pays homage to the 400th anniversary of distilled spirits in the United States.

KO Distilling Reserve“Four centuries ago, the first American whiskey was distilled in Virginia, giving birth to a new industry which has endured against unfathomable odds,” said Bill Karlson, co-founder and CEO of KO Distilling. “That spirit of perseverance, distilled through 400 years of craft, is proudly represented with our Bottled-in-Bond Distiller's Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey.”

On the nose, KO Distiller’s Reserve begins with warm vanilla, layered over soft green oak. The vanilla quickly turns to caramel, accompanied by hints of baking spice and dried apricot. After more time and two or three drops of water, the caramel morphs into rich English Toffee with hints of toasted almonds and a dusting of dark cocoa. The overall aroma is soft and inviting with a richness expected in a bourbon with a little more time in the barrel.

KO Distiller’s Reserve will be initially available in Virginia in early November. It will also be available online for shipments, where legal.

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