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George Remus Repeal Reserve III Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Patrick "Pops" Garrett1 Comment

Remus Repeal Reserve is now in its third year and delivers a bold, high-rye profile that weaves the best of our 2007/2008 Bourbons into a beautifully smooth style.Andrew Mansinne, Vice President of Brands, MGP
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George Remus Repeal Reserve III

  • DISTILLER: MGP Ingredients (George Remus brand website)
  • MASH BILL: 12%, 2007 Bourbon (21% Rye); 78%, 2008 Bourbon (21% Rye); and 10%, 2008 Bourbon (36% Rye)
  • AGE: Blend of 11-12 year old bourbons
  • YEAR: 2019
  • PROOF: 100 (50% ABV)
  • MSRP: $84.99
  • BUY ONLINE: Will be available in limited quantities as of November 13, 2019.

NOSE: Baking Spices | Caramel | Candied Oranges | Leather

TASTE: Candied Orange | Caramel | Rye Spice

FINISH: Long finish featuring candied orange and rye spices with a slow building burn.

SHARE WITH: Your bourbon loving friends who enjoy exploring bourbon blends.

WORTH THE PRICE: Yes. I appreciate a limited edition release that’s under the $100 price point.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Definitely a bottle. I plan on buying a few bottles for my own home bar.

OVERALL: I look forward to this release every year, and it keeps getting better and better. This year’s release though totally caught me off guard with its heavy candied orange aroma and flavor. So much so that if someone had given this to me blind, I would have sworn it was a bourbon finished in an orange Curaçao barrel.

While the candied orange notes were unexpected, I find it a welcome change in what I’ve come to expect from MGP. And that is why I love trying new bourbons. You never know what you’ll encounter – even when dealing with well established distilleries.

This one is best served neat and pairs exceptionally well with some milk chocolate. I will be using this one as a dessert pour in my future bourbon tasting dinners.

If you’ve enjoyed the previous two George Remus Repeal Reserve releases this one is a nice change of pace that you’ll enjoy as well. For those of you knew to this yearly expression, it’s also worth adding to your home bar.

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MGP Announces Remus Repeal Reserve Series III

Third Annual Release in Remus Repeal Series features a reserve medley of bourbons from 2007 and 2008

August 20, 2019 (Lawrenceburg, IN) – MGP (Nasdaq: MGPI) will release Remus Repeal Reserve Series III Straight Bourbon Whiskey this November 2019. Produced to commemorate Prohibition Repeal Day, Series III is a limited bottling that debuts annually on November 13, the birthdate of brand namesake George Remus. This release is accompanied with a tasting series that leads up to December 5, National Prohibition Repeal Day. MGP is also planning a holiday release of Remus Volstead Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a bottled-in-bond, 14-year aged Bourbon timed with the 100th Anniversary of the start of Prohibition – under the Volstead Act.

“We’re privileged to have some of the country’s most extensive, aged Bourbons, and are continuing to build our limited release program every year,” says Andrew Mansinne, Vice President of Brands, MGP. “Remus Repeal Reserve is now in its third year and delivers a bold, high-rye profile that weaves the best of our 2007/2008 Bourbons into a beautifully smooth style. Remus Volstead Reserve is made from even older, 14-year aged reserves to further commemorate the Prohibition era and our unique brand story. Remus Volstead Reserve will never be repeated and is a rare Bourbon that coincides with the release of Series III to make this holiday season even more memorable for collectors.”

Named after the legendary “King of the Bootleggers,” Remus Repeal Reserve is an annual series from George Remus® Bourbon, crafted at MGP’s historic, 170-year-old distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Made in a signature high-rye style, the medley changes each year allowing the distillery team to experiment with their various mash bills and cask-aged reserves. Remus Repeal Reserve Series III showcases a medley of two mash bills from 2007/2008. It is comprised of 12%, 2007 Bourbon (21% Rye); 78%, 2008 Bourbon (21% Rye); and 10%, 2008 Bourbon (36% Rye). The complex aroma reveals maple with caramel, candied fruit, chocolate, baking spice, smoke and leather with a balanced palate of caramelized brown spice and a hint of rye on the finish. Highly anticipated, Remus Repeal Reserve has achieved some of the industry’s highest awards, including a Double Gold in the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and 98 points from Tasting Panel Magazine for Remus Repeal Reserve Series II.

Also crafted in Lawrenceburg, Remus Volstead Reserve is bottled-in-bond from 2005 bourbons and bottled at 100-proof. Remus Volstead Reserve has rich aromas of dried candied fruit, caramelized pecans, oak, char and tobacco. Robust and rich oak flavors dominate the forward palate and body of this bourbon. Balanced cherry and caramel touches compliment the oak in the body and intensify in the bourbon’s finish. Pleasant notes of leather and spice round out the finish, and oak and barrel char notes linger until the next sip. Available as of November 2019, the packaging is designed for collectors with a high-end glass bottle and commemorative box. This limited, 2005-aged reserve Bourbon will never be repeated. No more than 500 9-liter cases will be available for markets where George Remus Bourbon is currently sold.

Remus Repeal Reserve Series III retails for a suggested $84.99 per 750-ml bottle and will be available in limited quantities as of November 13, 2019.

Disclaimer: MGP Ingredients provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.

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Patrick "Pops" Garrett

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Patrick Garrett, "Pops" as he's known to his friends, is the founder of Bourbon & Banter, LLC and claims the title of Chief Drinking Officer (CDO). A long-time marketing professional and photographer, Pops hopes to use his professional experience and love of Bourbon to spread the Bourbon Gospel and help everyone realize the therapeutic power of having a good drink with friends. Read Patrick's full profile.


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    Named after the most famous “King of the bootleggers”.
    Somehow , I was led to believe that was Joseph Kennedy.
    Maybe I err.

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