State’s newest special-bourbon release is more affordable AND more available

Credit: Jason Getz

Credit: Jason Getz

The next round of special bourbon releases by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control begins this Friday, Feb. 8, with a more affordable price point and greater statewide availability than recent special releases.

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This time, the bourbon will be Elijah Craig Small Batch 1789 from barrels selected especially for Ohio from the Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, Ky. Bottles will go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8  at 30 agencies around the state, including Centerville Wine & Liquor at 894 S. Main St. in south Centerville, Middletown Fine Wine & Spirits at 721 Breiel Blvd. in Middletown, Franklin Party Supply at 443 S. Riley Blvd. in Franklin, The Wine List at 7381 Tylers Corners Drive in West Chester, and Jungle Jim’s Eastgate store at 4450 Eastgate Blvd.

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Credit: Chance Yeh

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Each store will have about 80 bottles (on average) available, division of liquor control officials said.

“We worked with Heaven Hill to select 15 unique barrels, just for Ohio,” Division Superintendent Jim Canepa said in a release.

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The barrels range in age from eight to 12 years, Canepa said.

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Here’s how liquor-control officials described the spirit:

“Bottled at 94 proof, these limited-edition barrel selections are delightfully complex with notes of vanilla bean, sweet fruit and fresh  mint to deliver a pleasantly woody taste with accents of spice, smoke and nutmeg, finishing with a long, sweet and slightly toasty taste. Each barrel differs slightly in its taste profile.”

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Canepa said more special releases of small-batch, single-barrel and rare spirits are coming soon.

“We’re planning a lot of releases, raffles and even some more lotteries for you,” Canepa said.

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