New Holland Spirits to release Dragon’s Milk bourbon

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Courtesy New Holland Spirits

A Holland-based distillery is launching a new spirit in the same brand portfolio as the popular Dragon’s Milk barrel-aged stout.

New Holland Spirits on Saturday, April 16, will release Origin Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey, with a suggested retail price of $44.99, as a new year-round addition to the Dragon’s Milk portfolio created by New Holland Brewing Co.

Origin is a straight bourbon whiskey, distilled in small batches and bottled at 95 proof. This release is the first year-round bourbon with an age statement of five years or more for the craft distiller, New Holland said.

“Origin is one of the most exciting projects we’ve taken on at New Holland,” said Adam Dickerson, brand manager for New Holland. “We’ve been sampling this product patiently for five long years and are continually impressed by its complexity of flavor and delicate finish.”

Origin was distilled in the nearly 100-year-old Prohibition-era pot still that resides at New Holland’s production facility, and which is used to produce all of its bourbon recipes. The process imparts a fruit-forward character and balanced body while allowing New Holland to produce small-batch bourbon bottled “at the pinnacle of flavor” in batches of 100 barrels or fewer, the distillery said.

The recipe features corn, rye and a high ratio of malted barley.

“Origin’s high-barley mash bill and five-year maturation in char three oak barrels offers the drinker a one-of-a-kind experience,” Dickerson said. “We are particularly enthusiastic about Origin’s four signature tasting notes of stone fruit (namely pear and apricot), citrus, baked pastries and vanilla wafer.”

The name Origin derives from the origin story of Dragon’s Milk. Dragon’s Milk Stout first was made in bourbon barrels, and the brand since has evolved from the original stout to become the parent brand to a portfolio of beer, bourbon and other barrel-aged endeavors.

Origin will be released on April 16 at New Holland’s retail locations, and distribution will begin April 18 to retail locations in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Texas and California.

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