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Fine Coalition Bourbon & Rye

At Coalition Whiskey, we love whiskey and Bourbon. In order to offer you the best, we need to harness the expertise of  the best professional distillers, blenders, and winemakers for each product. This is why we find industry experts and build coalitions.

The latest addition to our collection are our two Bourbons: Single Barrel and Cask Strength. Both made possible by Leonid Yangarber, the brains behind Coalition Whiskey in coalition with Jade Paterson, Master Distiller and Blender at Kentucky Artisan Distillery. 

You can also sample our straight Rye Whiskey: Barrel Proof- a product of the coalition between Lenoid and the late Steve Thompson,of the Kentucky Artisan Distillery. Barrel proof is special not just because it’s one of our signature rye whiskeys, but also because it will forever be a tribute to Steve’s passion and craft.

For those looking for an intriguing experience, try our Rye Whiskey in Bordeaux Finish: Pauillac Barriques,  Sauternes Barriques, and Margaux Barriques, products of the coalition between Leonid, Steve, and Ludwig Vanneron, the Bordeaux winemaker.

Bourbon Single Barrel
COALITION Bourbon
Single Barrel

Proof: 95

Comes from a very particular barrel of old Kentucky Bourbon, and is characterized as complex and delightful. It is marked by a hint of fruit over the top of vanilla, and sweet baking spices married with fresh oak. On the palate is an initial splash of tart caramel apple, immediately followed by hints of clean honey, fresh baked bread pudding, raisin, and vanilla. The finish is dry with a lingering tease of smoke, fresh fruit, and mint.

Bourbon Cask Strength
COALITION Bourbon
Cask Strength

Proof: 114

Is a masterful blend of select, old Kentucky Bourbons, all at cask strength as the name indicates. Hand bottled and released in very small batches – it is delicious and rare. It suggests fruit over the top of rich syrup, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg tied in with earthy notes. On the palate it is as smooth as butter, creamy and well-rounded. The finish is mildly sweet with a teasing woodsy aroma.

Barrel Proof Whiskey
COALITION Rye
Barrel Proof

Proof: 108.8

The centerpiece of Coalition Whiskey collection! 100% Rye Kentucky Straight Whiskey is a powerful unique 5 year old Rye, with the precious grain coming from just one mile away from the distillery. It has an amber-gold color and a complex taste with deep spice, butterscotch, and orange peel notes, hints of cedar, tobacco leaves, herbal tea with a peppery finish.

Sauternes Barriques Whiskey
COALITION Rye
Sauternes Barriques

Proof: 94.2

Sophisticated and balanced. Our 100% Rye Kentucky Straight Whiskey is finished in Sauternes barrels. It has a deep amber color and a rich, fragrant nose with perfectly balanced honeyed vanilla notes, caramel, and apricot hints. Exquisite and remarkably elegant, it is smooth on the palate, with luscious flavors of dried fruit, toffee, and a delicate almond finish.

Pauillac Barriques Whiskey
COALITION Rye
Pauillac Barriques

Proof: 92.6

Robust and confident. Our 100% Rye Kentucky Straight Whiskey is finished in Pauillac barrels. It has a dark, seductive amber color and a very complex bouquet rich in blackberry, plum, cherry notes, hints of coffee, and spices, primarily black pepper. On the palate,  the Whiskey shows a generous volume with smoked nuts and a pleasant well – integrated wood finish.

Margaux Barriques Whiskey
COALITION Rye
Margaux Barriques

 Proof: 90.8

Refined and lively. Our 100% Rye Kentucky Straight Whiskey is finished in Margaux barrels. It has an attractive deep garnet amber color. There is a lot of elegance in the mouth, a good backbone, and a long pleasant finish. Margaux  Barriques Whiskey has a complex flavor with floral notes of violets and lilacs, red fruit nuances, and a touch of roasted coffee beans.

The Coalition Story

It has long been said that great things can happen when people from different cultures and ways of life work together. For one, whiskey was brought to North America by British subjects. Irish and Scottish immigrants opened the first distilleries along the path to the West. Bourbon, named after a French dynasty, was developed by settlers like the Scots, Irish, Welsh, French, and Germans.

Coalition Whiskey itself is the brainchild of Leonid Yangarber, a veteran spirits business CEO; alongside Steve Thompson, a 40-year master of American whiskey and owner of Kentucky Artisan Distillery; and Ludwig Vanneron, a world-renowned winemaker from Bordeaux, France.

Over sips of great whiskey and fine wine, the triumvirate had the radical idea to offer the public the most flavorful of umber spirits – rye whiskey; and to finish the same in the finest wine barrels (barriques in French) from Bordeaux, in a bid to coax new and intriguing flavors.

Steve already had a select batch of 5-year-old Kentucky straight rye whiskey lovingly made from the Ryman variety of rye grown and harvested within a mile from his Crestwood, KY distillery. This, the coalition named Barrel Proof, and is also the base liquid for the signature Pauillac Barriques, Sauternes Barriques and Margaux Barriques.

The finished expressions are in no small part due to Ludwig’s expertise in sourcing the best Bordeaux wine barrels to complement – not overshadow – the distinct character of rye whiskey. Over 150 barrels were inspected by hand and nose, and 25 shipped from Bordeaux to Kentucky- where Steve carefully oversaw the finishing process over the course of the next few months.

Leonid not only smiles at how far Coalition Whiskey has gone (both literally and figuratively) in order to produce the best, but also because he’s already on the lookout for other industry experts to make new coalitions, and thus, new product offerings.

The way we like to retell our story: A spirits pioneer, a veteran whiskey distiller, and a world-renowned expert winemaker walk into a bar… and soon follow more experts for more coalitions and more possibilities.

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Men's Health

The Best Gifts for Whiskey Lovers This Holiday Season

"I can’t get enough of this Kentucky Rye whiskey, which boasts a rare 100-percent Rye mash bill. It’s aged for five years and then rests in wine barrels for another nine months, resulting in a finished product that’s peppery, complex, and incredibly memorable. It’s a smart pick for the whiskey lover who seemingly has tried everything—but probably hasn’t tried this underrated Rye yet."

-  Read The Full Article

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Robb Report

The Best Cask-Finished American Whiskeys to Drink Right Now

"Coalition Whiskey’s lineup of cask-finished rye whiskeys are intensely flavored, which seems to be the point here. There are three expressions to try. Each is a 100 percent rye whiskey (10 percent malted rye) made at Kentucky Artisan Distillers and aged for at least five years before being finished in a Bordeaux wine barrel for up to nine months."

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Flaviar

The Roaring Kentucky Rye: Breaking the Rules with Coalition Whiskey

"There, he envisioned a 100% Rye Whiskey made in Kentucky, but he wanted to give it a special twist. So he assembled a coalition of industry experts to help him create a luxurious, 1920s-inspired Bourdeaux Wine barrel-aged Rye the market hasn’t seen before."

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Fred Minnick

Coalition Whiskey to Release Trio of 100% Straight Rye Whiskeys Finished in Bordeaux Barrels.

“Coalition Whiskey announced the release of Coalition Kentucky Straight Rye, a series of three whiskey expressions finished in three different Bordeaux wine barrels with a 100% rye mashbill.  A new company, Coalition partnered with Kentucky Artisan Distillery’s 

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Men's Journal

Coalition Whiskey Launches First 100% Rye Finished in Bordeaux Barrels

Lovers of a true, and intense, rye whiskey will rejoice at the upcoming release of Coalition Whiskey's 100 percent rye finished in Bordeaux wine barrels. And there's good reason to celebrate: In the U.S., the majority of rye whiskies aren't made with anything close to a 100 percent rye. -  Read The Full Article

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Whisky Advocate

Coalition Rye, Torabhaig Single Malt & More

"A new 100% rye made at Kentucky Artisan Distillery is launching. Coalition rye includes three wine cask-finished variants (all $90) and a barrel-proof straight rye ($130). The whiskeys are available in several states."

  - Read The Full Article

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Just Drinks

Coalition Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey finished in French wine barrels

"A three-strong team of drinks industry figures, including the former head of Russian Standard vodka in the US, has launched a trio of 100% rye whiskey expressions that have been finished for up to nine months in wine barrels from Bordeaux."  Read The Full  Article

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Breaking Bourbon

Coalition Whiskey introduces the first 100% rye whiskey finished in Bordeaux wine barrels.

NEW YORK CITY  – A fascinating intersection of traditional hand-crafted American Whiskey and world-renowned French wines is on the horizon with the release of Coalition Whiskey – the first 100% Rye Whiskey finished in hand-selected Bordeaux wine barrels.” -  Read The Full Article

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The Spirits Business

Ex-Russian Standard exec creates Coalition Whiskey

“Coalition Whiskey announced the release of Coalition Kentucky Straight Rye, a series of three whiskey expressions finished in three different Bordeaux wine barrels with a 100% rye mashbill.  The three expressions are: rye finished in Margaux Barriques (90.8 proof); finished in Pauillac Barriques (92.6 proof), and finished in Sauternes Barriques (94.2 proof).” -  Read The Full Article

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The Whiskey Wash

Coalition Whiskey Releases Three Rye Whiskeys Finished In Bordeaux Barrels

This new company has released four bottles into the world so far. Three are named for the type of barrels that the whiskey was finished in: Margaux Barriques, Pauillac Barriques, and Sauternes Barriques. Coalition is also offering up Barrel Proof, a limited release of the original base 100% rye whiskey.” -  Read The Full Article

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Cigar Lover Magazine

Coalition Whiskey dropping trio of ryes finished in Bordeaux barriques along with a Barrel Proof.

“ The Coalition Whiskey brand is releasing three Bordeaux wine finished rye whiskeys and a barrel proof version. The barrel proof release is so people can experience the whiskey before it is finished in the wine barriques. All four Coalition Whiskey bottlings are made from a 100% rye mash bill (both malted and unmalted rye).”  -  Read The Full Article

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