RD1 "French Oak Finish" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (RD One)


50.5% ABV (101 Proof), 750 ml, made with French Oak

94 POINTS – 2023 New York International Spirits Competition
DOUBLE PLATINUM – 2023 Ascot Awards by Fred Minnick
98 Points – 2023 MLSA Competition
GOLD – 2023 SIP Awards

The Craft: A Beautiful Collision of Time Aging
This expression is RD1 Spirit’s first exploration to marry the craft of traditional barrel-aged bourbon with modern finishing techniques focusing on unique wood.

French Oak, commonly known for its complimentary aging to cognac and wine, is considered an elite wood due to its tightness of grain and depth of flavor complexity. This oak comes from the great five forests of Central France. It is seasoned for two to three years in Northern California and then cut, milled and toasted to our specifications.

Simultaneously, RD1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon was aging in new American Oak barrels. After 4+ years, we inserted French Oak wood staves into the barrel for additional aging for two to four months. The French Oak beautifully rounds out flavors and develops a mellow, easy drinking bourbon.

The Experience: Sophisticated Kentucky Bourbon
A rich mouthfeel with caramel front and center on the palate supported by dark cherries and sweet oak. Finishes with dark chocolate and dries to oak with a touch of smoke.

If traditional tasting notes aren’t your style, you may…
See – Your statement gold watch
Smell – Sunday brunch at the resort
Taste – Award-winning French toast
Feel – The camaraderie of a celebratory dinner with clients

The Buzz: What Others Are Saying
2024 Los Angeles Invitational Wine & Spirits Challenge: “Brown sugar oats. Very easy to drink and savor. Best in Class in Special Barrel Finished category. Double Gold!” March 2024

The Tasting Panel: “This four-year-aged whiskey is refined in woody character that follows throughout on a smooth, elegant palate of balanced sweetness and texture. French oak staves are used, adding notes of chocolate-covered cherry, maple, and toasted oak.” November 2023

USA Ratings: “A small batch bourbon with balanced butterscotch, baking spice, and toffee notes. Delicate hints of leather and crème brûlée on the nose, leading to a palate of sweet custard and spice.” August 2023

John Barleycorn Awards: “Superbly sippable!” June 2023

Ultimate Spirits Challenge : “Sturdy aromas of cigar box, baking spices, and maple are classic and spicy. In the mouth the flavors are driven by leather and grains, all beautifully integrated with soft peachy undertones. The coconut from the French oak comes through gently on the finish.” June 2023

Fred Minnick’s Ascot Awards: “Cool, fresh flavorful oak notes with hints of spice and citrus. Orange oils, mint and all sorts of perfumed deliciousness, and a dry finish like the final notes of a great orchestral piece.” May 2023 

Bottle Size: All bottles are 750ML unless otherwise noted.

21 and Over: Adult Signature Required

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