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Cream of Kentucky Bourbon 11.5 Years Old
Cream of Kentucky Bourbon 11.5 Year Old

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Cream of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey 11.5 Years Old is the first release from J.W. Rutledge Distillery, founded by former Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge.

Construction on the distillery is expected to break ground in 2019, and when construction is completed, the distillery will produce straight bourbon and rye whiskey the “old-fashioned way”. In the meantime, Jim Rutledge is sourcing and blending whiskey from other distilleries to put out new releases under the J.W. Rutledge brands, starting with Cream of Kentucky.

Jim Rutledge, the famed former master distiller who revived Four Roses Bourbon, is back from retirement.
Earlier this month, Rutledge released a revival bottling of the Cream of Kentucky Bourbon, an old Schenley Company brand produced at several distilleries, including the James Pepper distillery in Lexington.

The new version apparently was selected by Rutledge and is an 11 1/2-year-old, 102-proof Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. About 9,000 bottles will be released

“This is some really amazing bourbon,” Rutledge said in a news release. “I’m very proud of the product and think consumers will enjoy it. This is an exciting sneak peak for bourbon fans into the many great things we are working on with new products as well as the development of the J.W. Rutledge Distillery.”

Rutledge and his investment partners are planning a new distillery in Oldham County near Louisville to produce future releases of Cream of Kentucky as well as new bourbons under the Rutledge name. The distillery also hopes to offer contract distilling, overseen by Rutledge.

“November and December have been an exciting months for all of us working on the J.W. Rutledge Distillery and the Cream of Kentucky project,” said Rutledge in the release. “Plans have been in the works for a while and it is great to see things coming to fruition. This is just the beginning of great things to come.”

The Cream of Kentucky brand was originally introduced in 1888 by I. Trager & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio. Just prior to the end of Prohibition, the brand was acquired by the famed Schenley Company and subsequently re-introduced in 1934. Through the 1930s and 1940s Cream of Kentucky grew to become one of the leading bourbon brands, with renowned artist Norman Rockwell provided much of the award winning artwork for the brand during its heyday. Cream of Kentucky is now owned by J.W. Rutledge, and Jim has recently purchased a limited supply of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey he feels is worthy of the rebirth of Cream of Kentucky Bourbon as a premium whiskey.

Cream of Kentucky 11.5 Years Old is a blend of 60 barrels, rumored to be Barton sourced distillate of an unspecified mash bill.

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