Proof: 117.2 Proof
Age: 6+ Years
Barrel #: 80
Bottle Count: 120
Tasting Notes: The nose begins with rich luxardo cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg, cedar & honey with a mouth numbing and medium roasty finish. This is toasty with a touch of sweetness. It reminds me of an empty Manhattan cocktail glass.
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.
Story: 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 6 weeks. The final "Act" released on December 5th to celebrate Repeal Day. Each lot of barrels was tasted and selected to represent an era of Prohibition.