Whiskey collectors can now own a piece of American distilling history, with the launch of The Ancients collection from Redemption Whiskey Known for producing award-winning whiskies across ages and mash bills of high rye content, Redemption is expanding its portfolio with the release of an 18-Year-Old Rye and 36-Year-Old Bourbon. An extremely limited supply of both cask-strength expressions will be available in select U.S. markets.
“The Ancients collection features whiskies laid down in barrels in 1978 and 1998 at the old Seagram’s distillery in Lawrenceburg Indiana, the same place where every drop of Redemption Whiskey has ever been produced,” says Tom Steffanci, President of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. “The 18 Year-Old is a reflection of our obsession with Rye and showcases the ageability of rye, and the 36 Year-Old is a result of our access to precious little cache of bourbon acquired many years ago.”
The packaging includes metal labels that are hand patinaed and bottles that are silk screened with Rye fronds, differing from other Redemption releases. Each is hand bottled and finished with leather cording. Embedded in the wood stopper of each 36 Year-Old bottle is an actual penny from 1978, the year the whiskey was distilled.
At 54.95% ABV, Redemption 18-Year-Old Barrel Proof Rye features a refined balance of sweet cedar, citrus, and spice flavors that linger on the palate. Only 600 bottles of this elegant whiskey are available.
It took four barrels to create only 18 bottles of Redemption’s 36-Year-Old Bourbon. Ninety-four percent of the bourbon in these barrels had evaporated over the years due to angel’s share. The 36-Year-Old-Bourbon, at 48.8% ABV features balanced flavors of cherry wood, baking spice, and sweet, subtle smoke notes. Only 18 bottles are available. Future releases of Redemption “Ancients” collection will be rare and not occur annually.
The 18 Year Old will be priced at $400 and the 36 Year Old at $1,200.