Review: Remus Repeal Reserve Series III Bourbon

Review: Remus Repeal Reserve Series III Bourbon

MGP’s Remus label continues to grow and grow, now spanning four different bottlings, including the prized, 14 year old Volstead Reserve.

For the third release in the mainline — now known as the Repeal Reserve Series because of its November 13 release date — we’re getting another “medley” of high-rye bourbons representing two years of production. The neck tag notes the whisky is aged for “11 & 12 years,” and you’ll find the breakdown: It is comprised of 12% 2007 bourbon (21% rye in the mashbill); 78% 2008 bourbon (21% rye); and 10% 2008 bourbon (36% rye).

Here’s a little extra info for the discerning drinker:

MGP 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.

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.

Ready to dig in?

The Remus house style has always been quite wood-forward, and Remus Repeal III is no exception to the trend. A punch of oak hits the nose first, followed by notes of peanut shells, cloves, and some tea leaf. I don’t initially get the chocolate tones of last year’s release; this is a whiskey that keeps it sweetness close to the vest, at least aromatically.

The palate offers a clearer, yet burlier, rye spice character, with plenty of wood backing it up. Notes of cherry (and cherry wood) build on the tongue, and a dark chocolate note finally shows its face. Give the whiskey time in glass to open up and notes of plum, raisin, and Cherry Garcia ice cream — the culmination of much of the above — become increasingly evident. The finish is a bit peppery and heavy on the char, but that’s a nice foil to what’s come before. A little butterscotch hangs on for the finale.

I haven’t personally had Volstead yet, but to date this is my clear favorite of the Remus line. Mind those prices though… they’re creeping northward.

100 proof.

A- / $85 /

Remus Repeal Reserve Series III Bourbon




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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