Kentucky Owl Announces Mardi Gras XO Cask Finished, Batch 12 Limited Editions

BARDSTOWN, Ky., November 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — stole® Group announces two new whiskey releases – Kentucky Owl – in time for the holidays® Batch #12 and Kentucky Owl® Mardi Gras XO Cask Limited Edition. For more information visit

Batch #12 continues the legacy begun in 2014 with batch #1, the first Kentucky Owl® Bourbon approved since Prohibition. Batch #12 is the latest limited batch iteration, carefully crafted by Master Blender John Rhea. These coveted, artfully blended craft bourbons have become an instant sensation. Each batch product is sold out almost entirely by word of mouth.

For Batch #12, Rhea blended particularly well-aged, full-bodied bourbons: 7- to 14-year-old bourbons are blended with two different 4-year-old bourbons to create this unique blend. The nose has sweet spice and caramel notes, with hints of caramel and a long, pleasant aroma. The taste is a pleasant rush of warm spices with a robust caramel and cream sensation that melds with hints of passion fruit and tangy citrus. The finish is long and pleasant, caramel and cream linger. Batch #12 is bottled at 115.8 proof (57.9% ABV) with a suggested retail price of $400.

The Kentucky Owl® Mardi Gras XO Cask Limited Edition is an extremely small release created thanks to the diverse portfolio of the Stoli Group. Starting with a Kentucky Owl® 11 year old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, the product was then finished in Bayou Rum XO Casks for over a year. Created in celebration of the Mardi Gras spirit and pride of Louisiana, the rare Bayou XO Casks create a unique whiskey. The Mardi Gras Edition is bottled at 102.8 proof (51.4% ABV) with a suggested retail price of $500.

Then barrels rolled off Kentucky On a muggy, misty March morning, Bayou Rum Master Blender Reiniel Vicente Diaz thought to himself, “There’s a lot of good times rolling around in these kegs.” The thought was reminiscent of the Mardi Gras mantra “laissez les bons temps rouler” — let the good times roll rolling – and at that moment came the brainwave to pour this beautifully rich rye liqueur into 38 very special, freshly emptied Bayou Rum XO Mardi Gras ultra-premium rum casks.

Diaz knew the moisture of the unique Louisiana The climate worked wonders with his own bayou rum and was excited to see how it would shape the rich Kentucky Rye. He knew that filling the casks in March would give the whiskey a long, hot, humid summer to extract many beautiful flavors and he was patient enough to wait another year and another sizzling summer before committing to it Rest of the world allowed to enjoy this unique whiskey expression.

Kentucky Owl on the nose® Mardi Gras XO Cask Limited Edition greets drinkers with robust notes of toasted rye bread smothered in fresh sweet farm butter, with hints of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The mouthfeel opens with a robust, flavorful Kentucky straight rye whiskey, followed by a flood of sweet butter whipped with allspice. The finish is smooth, with the sweet softness of butter and allspice giving way to a long and warming nutmeg coda.

These are the newest Kentucky Owl® Releases under Rhea, who previously served as Chief Operating Officer of the Four Roses Distillery, where his responsibilities included quality control, maturation, grading and product blending. He was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2016 and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Rhea also mixed the award-winning Kentucky Owl® The Wiseman Straight Bourbon (San Francisco World Spirits Double Gold) and Kentucky Owl® The Wiseman Straight Rye (San Francisco World Spirits Gold) and worked with Irish and Japanese master blenders to create two new international collaborations, Kentucky Owl® St. Patrick’s and Takumi Editions.

stole® Group, the world’s leading ultra-premium spirits and wine company, purchased Kentucky Owl® in 2017. Originally established by CM Dedman in 1879, the Kentucky Owl®Bardstown The distillery went dark during the Prohibition era and remained dormant until a descendant revived the brand in 2014. Since then, the company’s small series have quickly sold out and received rave reviews.

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About Kentucky Owl®:

Founded in 1879 by CM Dedman, Kentucky Owl® offers an artfully blended line of craft bourbon and rye whiskey, each bottled with a master blender-selected proof to highlight each product’s exceptional flavor profile. Kentucky owl® Products are for those who value high quality, attention to detail, craftsmanship and authentic heritage. Visit for more information.

About the Stoli Group:

Founded in 2013, the Stoli Group is responsible for the production, management and distribution of a global spirits and wine portfolio. Mainly known for the Stoli® Vodka brand, Stoli® The group has expanded to cater to local luxury customers and more discerning global consumers. Trademarks are: Stoli® Vodka, elite™ Vodka, Bayou® Rum, Kentucky Owl™, Villa One™, Gator Bite™ Rum Liqueurs, Cenote™ Tequila, Tulchan Gin™, Se Busca™ Mezcal and Stoli® Group’s wine division, Tenute del Mondo. With a presence in a network of more than 176 markets, Stoli® Group works with a passionate team of 200 distributors around the world. headquarters in Luxembourgstole® has production facilities in Spain, Italy, Argentinaand The United States, some of which are steeped in history and date back to the beginning of the last century. Visit for more information.

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