Remus Special Reserve: A Bourbon Worth Savoring


If you’re a bourbon enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of the Remus Repeal Reserve series. But in case you haven’t, let me fill you in. Picture this: MGP, a renowned whiskey factory nestled on the Kentucky-Indiana border, mainly focuses on contract distilling. They produce the liquid that many whiskey brands, known as “non-distilling producers,” slap their labels on and market. Sound familiar? That’s because some notable brands like Angel’s Envy, Bulleit Rye, High West, and Templeton Rye have done or still do this.

But here’s the twist: MGP didn’t want to limit itself to contract distilling alone. So, they decided to launch their own brands, bottled and sold under the banner of Ross & Squibb Distillery. Now, if a whiskey is made at MGP and isn’t sold to an outside producer, it falls under the Ross & Squibb Distillery label. Enter Remus and Rossville Union, the two exceptional brands making waves in the whiskey world.

Now, things get even more intriguing. In 2021, MGP acquired Luxco Spirits, a St. Louis-based distiller renowned for whiskey brands like Ezra Brooks, Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, and Yellowstone. Oh, and let’s not forget they also own the famous nail polish remover grain alcohol, Everclear. Luxco continues to operate as a separate company and, interestingly enough, oversees the Remus and Rossville Union brands for MGP’s Ross & Squibb. Quite the complex brand flowchart, isn’t it?

Remus Repeal Reserve VI: A Complex Blend

Now, let’s talk about the star of the show: Remus Repeal Reserve VI. This year’s release marks the sixth iteration of this esteemed label. Comprised of a curated selection of high-rye bourbons, it certainly lives up to its reputation as the “good stuff.”

Here’s a breakdown of the blend: 2% is a 14-year-old bourbon with a 21% rye mash bill, 17% is a 10-year-old bourbon with a 36% rye mash bill, 27% is a 10-year-old bourbon with a 21% rye mash bill, 29% is an eighth-year-old bourbon with a 21% rye mash bill, and rounding it off, 25% is an eight-year-old bourbon with a 36% rye mash bill. Bottled at a smooth 100 proof, this combination brings forth a harmonious symphony of flavors.

The Bourbon: A Voyage of Sensations

As a fan of the Remus Repeal Reserve series, I can confidently say that this release lives up to, if not surpasses, the standards set by its predecessors. The aroma of this bourbon takes you on an exquisite journey. At first, you’ll be greeted by the enticing scents of pomegranate and burnt sugar, teasing your senses. As it lingers in your glass, it reveals additional layers of complexity with hints of pie crust, molasses, and even a touch of fresh-baked cinnamon roll mingling with the aroma of Gatorade powder. Trust me, it’s quite the sensory experience.

Moving on to the palate, the flavors evoke a sense of familiarity. Picture succulent maraschino cherry, vibrant citrus zest, comforting baking spice, and a delicate essence of vanilla scone. The journey culminates with the subtle presence of milk chocolate, guiding you towards a medium finish. Surprisingly, the oak is not prominent in either the aroma or the taste. But fear not, as its absence allows the other flavors to shine through, resulting in a perfectly balanced bourbon.

This is the kind of bourbon that deserves a place alongside, or even as, the grand finale of a delectable meal at a top-notch restaurant. It’s not merely a complement to a cigar by the fire pit; it demands its own spotlight.

The Price: A Fair Investment

Now, you might be wondering about the price. The Remus Repeal Reserve VI comes with a suggested retail price of $100. If you’ve been keeping an eye out, you may have spotted it around that price point. Considering the craftsmanship and the exceptional blend of flavors, this is definitely a fair investment for bourbon connoisseurs seeking a memorable experience.

So, whether you’re a seasoned whiskey enthusiast or looking to embark on your bourbon journey, Remus Repeal Reserve VI is a bottle worth savoring. Indulge in its complex flavors, let the aroma whisk you away, and allow yourself to be captivated by the artistry of this exceptional bourbon.

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