Rebel Bourbon Embraces Tawny Port Finish For Third Special Release

Kentucky-based Lux Row Distillers has announced its 2021 limited edition release of Rebel Bourbon will be finished in tawny port barrels and will again only be sold outside of its US homeland.

Following in the footsteps of the previous two annual releases, this year’s run of 6,000 bottles continues to celebrate Lux Row Distillers’ hallmark of secondary finishing to give the wheated Rebel Bourbon a unique, one-time-only finish.

Each year, the Special Finish Series sees four-year aged Rebel Kentucky Straight Bourbon finished for six months in a different cask. 2019 welcomed the Serie’s first release – a French Oak Finish, whilst last year brought a Cognac Cask Finish. Both the limited edition runs experienced high demand, with stocks quickly selling out.

This year’s release of Rebel Bourbon Tawny Port Finish (700ml) will be available internationally from 1st November, with distribution concentrating on high-demand Rebel Bourbon markets including the UK and Germany. The 45% ABV Bourbon will have a RRP of £39 / €46 and will officially launch at BCB (11th – 13th October 2021).

Rebel Bourbon Tawny Port Finish has a balanced aroma of sweetness, nuttiness and earthy notes on the nose, whilst it offers toffee, mocha, dried citrus, dark red fruits and spices on the palate.

John Rempe, master distiller and blender at Lux Row Distillers, comments: “The Tawny Port flavours pair really well with Rebel Bourbon’s vanilla, oak and caramel profile. It’s a winning combination that creates a distinct, depth of rich flavours that’s unlike anything else in the Rebel family, whilst still retaining the Kentucky Straight Bourbon’s remarkably smooth finish.

“The secondary finishing elevates the original four-year ageing of Rebel in new charred white oak barrels, taking it to a different level that more years in the rackhouse wouldn’t achieve.”

Greg Mefford, international sales director at Luxco, the owner of Lux Row Distillers, adds: “The Rebel Bourbon Special Finish series will be available internationally, outside of the US. Its release celebrates the growing loyalty of Rebel fans around the world, particularly those throughout the UK and Europe, who’ve continued to support the brand and snap-up new releases such as Rebel 100, despite the economic impact of trade tariffs. With this in mind, we’re launching Rebel Tawny Port at BCB in Berlin and will prioritise distribution in popular European markets.”

The Special Finish Bourbon will be distributed by Craftwork in the UK and Kammer Kirsch in Germany. 

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