Kentucky Owl Release Rye

Kentucky Owl recently revealed Batch #1 of Kentucky Owl 11-Year-Old Straight Rye Whiskey. A special offering that is produced from a collection of barrels blended and brought to proof to accentuate what is simultaneously a delicate and full flavored Whiskey.

Master Blender, Dixon Dedman, created the small batch Rye with the same verve and passion that he puts into making his family’s award-winning Bourbon. Immediately following a seven-market release of Kentucky Owl Bourbon Batch #7, the Kentucky straight Rye Whiskey will hit the shelves in 25 U.S. markets this September.


At 110.6 proof and 55.3% alcohol by volume, this Rye expression is certainly a strong one. On the nose, there are touches of vanilla, cloves, and lavender with sweet pine and oaky undertones. The taste immediately envelopes the entire palate, with nutmeg and cinnamon playing off pepper and vanilla on the front with just a whisper of anise across the middle before finishing with a subtle, gripping cinnamon warmth.

“Good rye, to me, is not an everyday pour. It’s a sipping Whiskey that, at its core, should be thought-provoking and heavy-hitting,” Dixon imparted.

“We tamed this combination of barrels to make Kentucky Owl Straight Rye Whiskey a bit more approachable to the casual drinker, while still achieving a blast of sensation to the palate and the full-flavored nature that really defines Rye Whiskeys. I’ll always make Bourbon, but Rye’s got a place in my heart, too, and I plan to enjoy this one while sitting by the fire.”


Kentucky Owl® 11 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey will be available in limited quantities in the following markets beginning in September 2017 with a suggested retail price of $130 for a 750mL bottle: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Kentucky Owl Bourbon was founded in 1879 by C.M. Dedman and today is led by Master Blender and direct descendant, Dixon Dedman, who released his first batch in 2014, nearly 100 years after prohibition ended his great-great-grandfather’s original endeavor. It is a masterfully blended collection of craft Bourbons and, now, a Rye Whiskey, with each batch bottled at barrel proof for the most authentic expression of Whiskey at its very finest. Kentucky Owl is for the connoisseur looking for high-quality, attention to detail, craftsmanship, and authentic heritage.


“My grandfather used to tell us that if he ever won the lottery, he’d do two things,” Dixon Dedman says to Garden and Gun.

“First, he’d buy a limousine. And then he’d start the Whiskey business back up. You can’t hide anything when you bottle your Whiskey at barrel proof. It says ‘Dedman’ on that label, and we have no interest in putting anything in the bottle that is not of the utmost quality.”

As the brand’s very first attempt at a Rye expression, it is still to be seen whether Kentucky Owl Straight Rye Whiskey will prove as authentically delicious as the distillery’s flagship Bourbon. That being said, with roots as strong as they have, it would be hard to imagine Kentucky Owl producing anything other than a spirit of the utmost quality that both honors and respects the venerated family name.

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Written by James Connolly

James Connolly is an established freelance writer from the UK. Having worked for a variety of titles across the globe, his work touches upon travel, food, politics, and more, reflecting a deep-seated curiosity towards people, places, and their respective cultures.

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