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The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo), 1500 Parkway Drive, has released their first Kentucky Strait bourbon whiskey, Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1. The product is a blend of Bardstown Bourbon Company’s estate-made, two-year-old wheat and high-rye bourbons, with an 11-year-old sourced Kentucky bourbon.

“Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1 is a celebration of our distillery, beverage and culinary teams working together to create spectacular bourbon,” said President and CEO David Mandell in a press release.

To create Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1, the teams blind tasted more than 50 blends to arrive at a final product they describe by saying, “The lively fruit and spice of the two-year-old Kentucky bourbon counters the leather, roasted nuts and rich caramel of aged Kentucky bourbon.” They further explained this bourbon was created to pair with dishes in Bottle & Bond Kitchen & Bar, the distillery’s restaurant.

“Pairing bourbon with food is a growing trend,” said Bottle & Bond Executive Chef Felix Mosso. “In making Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1, our culinary team highlighted flavor profiles using the same techniques that we rely on in crafting our dishes.”

Bardstown Bourbon Company currently produces nearly 40 mash bills for various whiskey and bourbon brands. The team is led by Master Distiller, Steve Nally, a 40-year veteran of the spirits industry, Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame member and former Master Distiller at Maker’s Mark; John Hargrove, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations and former Master Distiller at Sazerac and Barton 1792; Dan Callaway, Director of bourbon education, visitors experience and product development, and Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers; and Bottle & Bond Kitchen & Bar Executive Chef Felix Mosso, formerly chef de cuisine at the renowned Greenbrier Resort.

“We’ve taken our tremendous expertise in distilling whiskey for the best brands in the world, and now we’re using it to create our own product,” said Hargrove.

Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1 is bottled at 98.9 proof with a suggested retail price of $59.99 /750ml bottle. It is now available in Kentucky and Indiana through Republic National Distributing Company and will be released in California and Florida through Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits in May, and Tennessee and Illinois this summer.