Limestone Branch brings ‘historic’ Kentucky bourbon and rye to UK


Limestone Branch's Kentucky Yellow Stone and Minor Case

Kentucky’s Limestone Branch Distillery is launching its Yellowstone Select Bourbon and Minor Case Rye Whiskey to the UK on-trade this month.

Named after the Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Select Bourbon is a small batch of four and seven-year aged straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey made with locally-grown white corn, rye, malt and limestone water.

First produced by master distiller Steve Beam’s ancestors in 1872, Yellowstone is said to have been Kentucky’s biggest selling bourbon in the 1960s. The original family recipe was resurrected in 2010 with the first barrel filled in 2015.

The second product coming to the UK is Minor Case, a two-year old straight rye whiskey distilled using 100% American heartland grains and finished in a sherry cask.

A nod to its namesake, distiller and Steve’s great grandfather Minor Case Beam, the rye whiskey is an authentic reproduction of the original recipe, using yeast dating back to 1850.

Both whiskeys are hand-labelled and hand-bottled, with just a barrel per day produced.

Steve Beam, president and distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery, said: “In the UK there is a huge demand right now for authentic bourbon and rye whiskeys, from both the on-trade and also specialist whiskey retailers.

“We are delighted to be able to introduce our Yellowstone Select and Minor Case Whiskeys to the UK market.

“Bourbon and Rye whiskeys offer an ideal entry to the category and the increasing popularity of classic American whiskey-based cocktails such as the Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour and the Manhattan, are further fuelling demand.”

Yellowstone Select and Minor Case are distributed in the UK by Woolf Sung. RRP for both is £49.00, 70cl.

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