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The Coalition Story

Magical things can happen when people from different cultures and ways of life come together. Often, the unique experiences and skills of each individual can combine with shared passions and curiosities to create something truly wonderful. A spirits pioneer, a veteran whiskey distiller and a world-renowned winemaker walk into a bar… and a brilliant coalition is formed. A whiskey coalition.

The Whiskey

All Coalition Whiskies start from a 100% Rye mash bill – a true rarity in the whiskey world – with 10% of that being malted. This exceptional hand-crafted whiskey, aged in American white oak barrels for five years, is then skillfully finished in Bordeaux wine barrels for up to nine months. Barrels (or barriques in French) of the appellations of Margaux, Pauillac, and Sauternes each impart a truly unique flavor profile to whiskey. For those wanting to sample our very original Rye whiskey before Bordeaux wine barrel finishing, there’s a Barrel Proof variety. Very favorable reviews from the whiskey experts.

Barrel Proof Whiskey
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.

Pauillac Barriques Whiskey
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.

Sauternes Barriques Whiskey
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.

Margaux Barriques Whiskey
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.

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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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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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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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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."

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Robb Report

The 11 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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Whisky Critic

Coalition Whiskey Makes Its 2021 Debut

"Coalition Whiskey from Kentucky Artisan Distillery is making its 2021 debut with three versions finished in ex-Bordeaux wine barrels. Coalition Whiskey is a 100% rye whiskey comprised of a blend of five-year-old rye, matured in American oak barrels for five years, then finished in Margaux barriques, Pauillac barriques, and Sauternes barriques."

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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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Breaking Bourbon


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 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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Men's Journal

Coalition Whiskey Launches First 100 Percent 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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“ 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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