O.K.I. 'Repeal Day' Trilogy Series|
The Repeal Day Trilogy is a way to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. Seelbach's has partnered with O.K.I Bourbon to release three lots of single barrels over the next 6 weeks. Each "Act" is comprised of 11 single barrels. Act 1 is "Thirsty-First". At 11 PM on June 30, 1919 in Lowell, Massachusetts residents and neighbors from surrounding towns flooded the small town. They were there to stock up on liquor before the sale became illegal. The 18th Amendment was ratified on January 16, 1919. This Amendment prohibited the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors". But, a Wartime Prohibition jumpstarted the prohibition in some states! On July 1, 1919 (now known as June "Thirsty-First"), alcohol sales were banned. We selected Act 1 barrels because they're what we would buy leading up to a prohibition. If we had to stockpile, these are the bottles. They're versatile flavor profiles and drink much lower than their proof. Notes of caramel, vanilla and baking spice are abundant.
Act 2 of the O.K.I. Repeal Trilogy is named "The Volstead Act". The Volstead Act was passed by Congress in October 28, 1919. That following January the Nationwide prohibition of alcohol went into full effect. This was a sad time for distillers and responsible consumers across the country. The barrels selected for Act 2 pack a punch. They're some of the higher proofed barrels in the series. They also highlight flavor notes of citrus oil, black pepper and cinnamon.
Act 3, the final act, is rightfully named "Repeal Day!". The Eighteenth Amendment was repealed on December 5, 1933. After a long fought battle, the manufacturing, sale and transportation of alcohol was once again made legal. Was it because politicians missed their night cap? Or, the fact that before the Volstead Act, around 14% of federal, state, and local tax revenues came from the alcohol industry? We don't know, but we'll raise a glass either way. This last lot of barrels is easy to drink and will make you want a second pour. It highlights rich notes of dried fruit and toasted turbinado sugar.