J.W. Rutledge Cream of Kentucky 11.5 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
A refreshingly honest bottle of bourbon. Cream of Kentucky is a historic bourbon brand, first introduced in the late 19th century, but best known for its post-Prohibition iteration, when it was distilled and bottled by the Schenley company, first at James E. Pepper and later George T. Stagg distillery. Cream of Kentucky was a popular bourbon brand, but there was also a mysterious rye produced but never bottled. This was left to age significantly and eventually bottled by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Julian Van Winkle III, and early editions of the Sazerac 18 year old.
Schenley were wound up in 1987, with their assets procured by what is now Diageo. The Cream of Kentucky brand has since been acquired by Jim Rutledge, the former Four Roses master distiller. There is no information on the source of the bourbon used to bottle this, but the safe money would be his former employers.
The J.W. Rutledge distillery will open in 2019.