Charles Mortimer Dedman established Kentucky Owl on the banks of the Kentucky River in 1879, and for 37 years it flourished, until the Federal Government confiscated its stocks in 1916 ahead of Prohibition. While the warehouse containing all of this whiskey suspiciously burned down soon afterwards, it’s thought that the stock likely found its way into the speakeasies of Chicago.
Today, Kentucky Owl flies again, and the Master Blender proudly shares the bourbon from the Dedman family created over 100 years ago. The modern day incarnation of this historic name in US distilling celebrates the best of the country’s whiskey through its limited releases, as well as its ongoing Confiscated bourbon.
Nowadays, ‘The Wise Man’s Bourbon’ sources a wide variety of whiskeys featuring a mix of different grains and innovative barrel ageing to create its bold and distinctive selection of single-batch bourbons.
The Wiseman is the first Kentucky Owl release from master blender John Rhea and is comprised of a four Straight bourbons matured for up to eight-years-old.
Aromas of caramel, allspice, citrus and oak fill the nose, complemented by notes of vanilla, caramel ice cream, baking spices and peppery oak throughout the palate.