Old Fortunate 25 Year American Whiskey
It can be frustrating to be an American whiskey fan these days. There are a ton of great everyday choices, but the chance to buy something truly special is few and far between. Until not so long ago, the idea of premium whiskey was mostly reserved for Scotch, for American producers it was more of a novelty segment, so it never made sense for them to make very much of it. But American whiskey releases continue to be crowned world's best year after year, everyone has been keyed into the same short list of whiskies, and there's not nearly enough to go around. Now, adding something new to a collection almost always takes a stroke of good luck.
As American whiskeys tides have risen, MGP of Indiana has transformed from a relatively unknown distillery to a whiskey geek darling. While the other big American producers were distilling variations on traditional mash bills, MGP also produced a few "extreme" distillates, intended as ingredients to go into a whiskey blend that needed to be nudged along a particular direction. Realizing that these whiskies actually had incredibly dynamic personalities on their own, were truly unique versions of American whiskey, and that MGP was sitting on lots of well-aged stock, third party operators came knocking. The best of them bottled according to the nerdiest of specs: minimally filtered, at high proofs, and with total transparency. It was nice while it lasted.
The opportunity to work with a local distillery on this release came up earlier this year and we weren't going to wait for lightning to strike twice, we jumped on it. The distillery sources other products from MGP, and in consideration of their good standing as a purchaser of common products, they were offered the chance to buy some very old barrel picks. The whiskey was distilled in 1992 from a light whiskey recipe, mostly corn but distilled to a higher proof than Bourbon, then set to age in a second use American oak barrel.
The whiskey itself is fantastic, inherently American, but also different. And rare. There are a few bottlers putting out light whiskey, mostly young to medium aged. We found one example of a 14 Year Light Whiskey being sold for $100 a bottle. But premium light whiskey is virtually unheard of, 25 Year light whiskey even more so.
Considering the niche category and all that time, we're pretty confident this is destined to be a flash in the pan. Working with our partner, we selected four barrels. Time wasn't kind. The barrel selected to be bottled on its own and at cask strength yielded only 72 bottles. Three other barrels were batched together and brought to 47% ABV, for a total of 168 bottles. The Old Fortunate brand was born for this very limited release. We hope you feel as lucky to get your hands on a bottle as we feel being able to offer it to you.