Bardstown Bourbon Co., Bardstown, Ky., continues to showcase the best in American Whiskey blending with the upcoming releases of Discovery #8 and Discovery #9.

The Discovery Series was designed to showcase the art of blending with an emphasis on old and rare whiskies sourced from a variety of origins. The latest release in the series, Discovery #8, features a unique blend of Kentucky Bourbons, two Indiana ryes, and aged Canadian whiskey. It represents the most Rye forward expression of any Discovery release to date and then takes innovation a step further by maturing the final batch with a custom selection of oak staves, according to the company. Each oak stave was selected for its unique flavor profile ranging from French toast to Rioja barrels.

“We built this series to explore all of the ways you can take whiskey in new directions through thoughtful blending that pushes the boundaries of what’s been done before,” said Dan Callaway, vice president of product development and hospitality for Bardstown Bourbon, in a statement. “Layering flavor and nuance, these limited releases continue to be truly singular in nature.”

Discovery #8 marks the most complex release to date, it added. Maple, dark chocolate, baked cherry, and toasted oak create a captivating, complex aroma. The palate presents rye spice with oak undertones that lead to a long-lasting finish. Discovery Series #8 is presented at 114.1 proof and for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $139.99 and will be available at the distillery and distributed in 20 markets across the country beginning July 13.

Discovery Series #9 takes the spirit of discovery further by uncovering rare barrels of craft Georgia bourbon with a unique, elegant flavor, the company says. The blend is structured around this distinctive profile, adding classic Kentucky bourbon, 17-year Tennessee whiskey, and a touch of sweetness from Canadian Whiskey. 

On the nose, Discovery #9 opens with a bouquet of cocoa nib, plum, and cedar box, highlighted by lively orange peel. Vanilla cream with cinnamon spice takes the lead on the palate, building to an indulgent, sublime finish, the company says.

Discovery #9 release is slated for a September release both at the distillery and at retail. It is presented at 112.5 proof and offered at an SRP of $139.99.