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George Remus Repeal Reserve IV Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Patrick "Pops" Garrett4 Comments

Series IV delivers a bold, high-rye character and a beautifully balanced profile that reflects 12 years of age.Andrew Mansinne, Vice President of Brands, MGP
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George Remus Repeal Reserve IV

  • DISTILLER: MGP Ingredients (George Remus Repeal Reserve brand website)
  • MASH BILL: 77%, 2008 Bourbon (21% Rye) and 23%, 2008 Bourbon (36% Rye)
  • AGE: Blend of 12 year old bourbons
  • YEAR: 2020
  • PROOF: 100 (50% ABV)
  • MSRP: $84.99
  • BUY ONLINE: Will be available in limited quantities as of September 2020.

NOSE: Caramel | Butter  |  Candied Fruit | Leather

TASTE: Caramel | Baking Spices  |  Oak

FINISH: A trailing finish heavy of oak tannins, baking spices and a hint of rye spice.

SHARE WITH: Don’t waste this one on guests that want to drink it on the rocks or in a cocktail. Save it for those that are into bourbon and appreciate all that it has to offer on its own.

WORTH THE PRICE: $84.99 for a 100 proof, well balanced blend of 12-year old bourbons from MGP? No question. It’s worth the price.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Once again this gets a bottle rating from me. If I can find a few for my home bar I won’t hesitate to snap them up.

OVERALL: I always look forward to MGP’s release of George Remus Repeal Reserve Bourbon and was thrilled when they announced they would be getting it to market a few months earlier than usual. If you’re a fan of previous releases, you’re going to want to start making plans now to grab yourself a bottle of Series IV.

The nose on this one is strong. Unlike last year’s release which had an unexpected orange aroma, this year’s release returns proudly to its expect MGP form. Big caramel notes lathered in butter accompanied by sugary fruit (darker than last year’s orange) and a slap of leather explode from the glass when poured.

Sipping it brings about more caramel but this time surround by lively baking spices and a strong hit of oak tannins. It’s less nuanced when compared to Series III but just as enjoyable and worthy of another pour. A trailing finish of heavy oak tannins, more baking spices and a hint of rye greet you on the back end of each sip. The oak is a bit more tannic than I prefer but it stays in balance and will be a welcome flavor to those that like tasting a strong barrel influence.

Series IV lives up to reputation of previous Remus Repeal Reserve releases and is more than different enough compare to last year’s release to gain and keep your attention. While it’s still not the barrel proof profile that so many of us love from MGP, it’s a great way to experience the artistry and expertise of one of America’s legendary distilleries.

Learn more about Pop’s whiskey preferences and check out more of his reviews…

Learn more about previous George Remus Repeal Reserve releases:

Repeal Reserve Series I Review

Repeal Reserve Series II Review

Repeal Reserve Series III Review


Special tastings and events will take place through Prohibition Repeal Day, December 5, to commemorate the 4th anniversary of this limited reserve bourbon release

June 16, 2020 (Lawrenceburg, IN) – MGP (Nasdaq: MGPI) will debut Remus Repeal Reserve Series IV Straight Bourbon Whiskey in September 2020. Produced to commemorate Prohibition Repeal Day, Series IV is a limited annual release, and reaches full distribution by Prohibition Repeal Day, December 5. In response to growing demand, Remus Repeal Reserve Series IV is planning an early fall release (timed with National Bourbon Month in September), and will roll out with a series of consumer tastings and events with special focus on the birthdate of George Remus (November 13) and Prohibition Repeal Day (December 5).

“Now in its fourth year, our Remus Repeal Reserve program has exceeded expectations and allows us to showcase the character of our extensive, aged bourbon reserves and blending expertise,” says Andrew Mansinne, Vice President of Brands, MGP. “Series IV delivers a bold, high-rye character and a beautifully balanced profile that reflects 12 years of age. We’re delighted to offer our next release earlier this fall to respond to consumer demand, and will also support an extensive tasting and education effort throughout our growing distribution network.”

Named after the legendary “King of the Bootleggers,” Remus Repeal Reserve is an annual series from George Remus® Bourbon, crafted at MGP’s historic, 173-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 IV showcases a medley of two mash bills from 2008. It is comprised of 77% Bourbon (21% Rye) and 23% Bourbon (36% Rye). Series IV shows layers of rich caramel, candied fruit spice and toasted oak. The palate offers baking spices and oak, with a lingering finish of rye spice.

Highly anticipated, previous releases of Remus Repeal Reserve have achieved some of the highest recognition in the Bourbon category, including a Double Gold in the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and 98 points from Tasting Panel Magazine for Remus Repeal Reserve Series III.

Remus Repeal Reserve Series IV retails for a suggested $84.99 per 750-ml bottle and will be available in limited quantities as of September 2020. It is bottled at 100 proof/50% ABV. 

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 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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      Thanks for the informative response Mr. Garrett. Keep up the great reviews!

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    I have a bunker full of “classic” Smooth Ambler Old Scout single barrel bottles from a few years ago (mostly 10-11 year old) that I paid only $50 per bottle.
    I tend to ignore these various current MGP bottlings that normally go for $80 to $100 because I haven’t found them to quite measure up to the classic SAOS single barrels. Is this one any different?

    1. Patrick Author

      Garrett, it’s a great bottle but it’s different from what you’ll find in those SAOS single barrel bottles. I love those as well. I personally prefer those single barrel high proof releases in terms of overall flavor profile. That said, for those of us without a bunker full of those gems, this is a good bottle to explore but don’t expect them to be the same.

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