Decades-long after his passing, John Wayne’s spirit still lives on in the form of exquisite liquor expressions. This is thanks largely to efforts of his son Ethan who, after uncovering his father’s prized collection of spirits, decided to pursue distilling in order to fulfill The Duke’s dream of crafting his own spirits. Using recipes and trials developed by the legendary actor himself, Ethan launched the Duke brand both as an homage to his father’s storied career and to his cherished aspiration.
Released as one of their more prestigious offerings, the Duke Founders Grand Cru Reserve Bourbon Whiskey offers drinkers with the best of both worlds by meticulously marrying the bold flavors of Kentucky bourbon with the sensual taste of finest Grand Cru wine. Each batch begins with a selection of their Kentucky Straight bourbon aged for 9 years in new, charred American oak casks. After carefully blending the spirits, they are then allowed to rest in French Oak Grand Cru wine barrels to achieve the optimal balance of flavor and texture before being brought to proof and bottled.
On the nose, the bourbon conveys an enchanting aroma consisting of orange, caramel, toasted hazelnuts, vanilla, and floral notes which is then immediately followed by a smooth and rounded palate of cherry, faint citrus, cherries, corn, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and spice, all wrapped up by a sweet, lingering finish of brown sugar, dark fruits, and more spice.
The Duke Founders Reserve Grand Cru Bourbon Whiskey 110 Proof is a splendid spirit that is everything the Duke wanted it to be and more making it a solid addition to your prized liquor collection. So even if you’re not a fan of John Wayne, don’t hesitate to pick up a bottle today and enjoy the exquisite taste of this fine cask-finished whiskey.
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