Kings County Distillery has announced the release of its 7 Year Single Barrel Bourbon. The new expression is the first in a series of rare single barrel Whiskeys, all of which celebrate the iconic New York City distillery’s 10 year anniversary.
The first release in the series is the Kings County 7 Year Single Barrel Bourbon. The Whiskey mady be the oldest age-statement Bourbon distilled outside of traditional bourbon country and the oldest age-stated pot-distilled Bourbon. Distilled in July 2013 and bottled at 107 proof, the barrel saw 34% angel’s share and spent its career in the greenhouse-like upstairs aging room in the Navy Yard distillery.
This single barrel release marks the first of a waterfall of oldersingle barrel releases from Kings County. The first barrels will be offered exclusively from the distillery starting on October 14th at noon, future versions of the Single Barrel series will be distributed throughout Kings County’s best accounts in New York and around the country.
“Less than a handful of legitimate distillers outside of Kentucky have released an age stated whiskey of 7+ years,” said distiller and co-founder Colin Spoelman. “This coincides with a watershed moment for craft distillers. We’ve always known our whiskey compared well to whiskey in its peer age group, but we never had whiskey aged comparably to some of the best American whiskey until now. While we are still holding barrels for even longer aged whiskeys, we feel these older barrels mark another stage of maturity in our evolution as one of the most determined, creative, and uncompromising distillers in the country.”
Recently, the distillery reopened its tasting room, the Gatehouses, for outdoor consumption and tasting, and in place of tours is organizing live, distanced education events. The factory pivoted to hand sanitizer production from March to June, making it available online as a pay-what-you-can basis, as well as donating to front-line workers.