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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Special "Fort Thomas" Bourbon Curated for 150 Celebration

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By Erika Kraus 

The glass can be half empty or half full, as long as there is bourbon in it.

Fort Thomas residents will soon be able to purchase their own bottle of Knob Creek Single Barrel specifically picked for the Fort Thomas 150 Celebration.

A group of eight from Fort Thomas made the haul Monday to the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, Kentucky where they had the opportunity to taste three hand-picked barrels of Knob Creek Single Barrel.

The day started out with a sensory training class presented by the distillery.  The hour-long class, catered specifically to the distilling process of single barrel bourbon, was meant to educate on what tastes, smells, and flavors are best when picking a whiskey.

The Clermont location of Jim Beam is home to a little over 2.1 million barrels of whiskey including brands of Jim Beam, Bookers, Bakers, Basil Hayden’s and Knob Creek.  The crew toured the grounds and ended up at Warehouse K where they popped the corks out of the three barrels and sampled the Knob Creek directly out of the barrels.

Of the three barrels that were pulled, the winning bourbon was a smooth, eleven-year with a charred oak nose, and a long, sweet caramel and maple syrup finish.  Thirty gallons of whiskey were collected from the barrel and 2.6 gallons of water were added to bring the bourbon proof to 120.  The 180 bottles of bourbon were then bottled and labeled on site by the crew. Each bottle will also contain a plaque labeled “Fort Thomas 150th.”

The 150th Fort Thomas Knob Creek Single Barrel won’t be released until Monday, July 3rd.

There will be a limited amount of bottles sold for pre-sale from the city.  Fort Thomas Matters will release more information about pre-sale once it is available.

There will also be some available in select retail stores and at The Midway Cafe.

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