Most Exclusive and Final Bottling of the 15-Year-Old Castle Hill Vintage Series Bourbon Whiskey Set to Hit Shelves.
Milam & Greene Whiskey has announced the release of The Castle Hill Batch Three 15-Year-Old Bourbon, the final release of their award-winning Castle Hill Vintage Bourbon Series. This new bottle is the oldest age statement ever released by Milam & Greene, and has already secured a mention in acclaimed whiskey writer Fred Minnick’s “The Top 100 American Whiskeys of 2023” list.
Celebrating the art and skill of blending old casks to create beautiful whiskey, The Castle Hill Series Batch Three has been produced in just 20 hand-selected barrels and aged for over 15 years.
Heather Greene, Master Blender, CEO and co-founder for Milam & Greene, chose only the finest and rarest barrels from her library of well-aged casks for each batch. The series was named for the historic Texas Military Institute, known as “The Castle,” in Austin, Texas, home to Greene’s blending lab. Its old-world elegance serves as an inspiration for Greene’s final blends.
Speaking on The Castle Hill Series Batch Three, Heather Greene said:
“Creating our oldest, rarest, and final batch for the Castle Hill Vintage Series has been a passion project for me,
“I select whiskeys at a young age and nurture them for many years before deciding when to use them. In fact, we kept these barrels in a warehouse in Tennessee to mitigate the evaporation before bringing them into the hot Texas summer heat. Once we brought them down to Texas, they spent just a few months in our warehouse before deciding they had to be vatted and then released. They wouldn’t have survived one more year here.”
Milam & Greene Castle Hill Vintage Series Batch Three
The Castle Hill Batch Three 15-Year-Old Bourbon was distilled in Tennessee with a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley. The barrels for this blend were filled in Tennessee on July 18, 2007, then batched and bottled by Heather Greene and her whiskey team in Texas on November 15, 2023. The Castle Hill Batch Three Bourbon was aged a total of 15 years, 6 months, and 10 days, with the majority of aging in Tennessee and the final five months on the northside of the Milam & Greene Rickhouse 2 in Blanco, Texas, in row 1 where it rested horizontally. The average yield per barrel was 17.5 gallons for an angel’s share loss of 67%. It was bottled as a cask strength at 114.5 proof/ 57.25% ABV. The Castle Hill Vintage Bourbon Series is part of Heather Greene’s “Blender’s Reserve Collection” which also includes the Very Small Batch Bourbon Finished in French Oak Staves and the Unabridged Bourbon Volumes.
The Castle Hill Batch Three 15-Year-Old Bourbon has a deep amber color, and warm scents of cinnamon, maple syrup, cooked apples, and brown sugar. It is a hearty pour resplendent with dark chocolate and oak along with hints of sweet fig and rich dates that linger and then soften to a velvety finish.
The Castle Hill Batch Three 15-Year-Old Bourbon is available for a suggested retail price of $199.99 at select retailers, on the Milam & Greene website, and at the distillery tasting room in Blanco, Texas. The whiskey is extremely limited with only 144 (9L) cases released online and around the country.