Watershed Distillery Releases Bourbon Finished in Nocino Barrels

Columbus, Ohio-based Watershed Distillery is releasing batch four of its beloved bourbon finished in nocino barrels. This highly limited, annual Ohio bourbon release is available only via lottery. The lottery opens Nov. 15 and closes on Dec. 7 at 11:59 pm.

This handcrafted spirit is part of the Watershed Distillery Fall Finishing Series, a celebration of the flavors and feelings inspired by autumn. Aged five years and bottled at barrel strength, this bourbon is crafted by hand-selecting a small number of mature bourbons and then finishing them in barrels that previously held Nocino, the distillery’s black walnut liqueur offering.  

“Finishing Watershed Distillery bourbon in barrels that have previously held other spirits like apple brandy or nocino, maple syrup or even wine, allows us to introduce complementary profiles to our spirits that aren’t imparted in the initial aging,” shares Greg Lehman, founder of Watershed Distillery. “It’s an act of secondary maturation to add complexities to already mature bourbons. In this case, we finished it in spent Nocino barrels, and the result is a complex bourbon that we are so proud of.”

Last season, Watershed Distillery Bourbon Finished in Nocino Barrels was called one of the Top “True” Craft Bourbons by Uproxx. Bottled at 120.9 proof, lingering notes of orange peel and sweet spice give way to a rare and nutty depth of flavor. Suggested retail price is $99.99.

For more information or to enter the lottery visit https://www.watersheddistillery.com/lottery. For more information on Watershed Distillery and the Fall Finishing Series visit www.watersheddistillery.com.

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