Company officials with The Old Pogue Distillery, LLC, announced Friday the release of the first barrel aged whiskey distilled in Maysville in more than 70 years.
The limited quantity brown spirit will be available only at The Old Pogue Distillery in Maysville beginning at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, May 1. The release of Five Fathers Pure Malt Rye Whiskey, a barrel aged, 55 percent alcohol by volume (110 proof) whiskey, is the culmination of several years of planning by the Pogue family, and is the first barrel aged whiskey distilled and aged by one of Kentucky’s legendary bourbon whiskey families since before Prohibition.
“Five Fathers is a tribute to our forefathers, all five of them” said Paul Pogue, Old Pogue’s head distiller who, along with his cousin John, distiller, distilled and aged the first aged whiskey at the distillery.
“Four generations of Pogues before us, starting with our great-great-great grandfather, H.E. Pogue I, began distilling Pure Rye Whiskey in Maysville in 1876, on this very site,” said John Pogue. “We felt this was a fitting way to honor our forefathers for their pioneering in the Kentucky whiskey business,” John Pogue continued.
Described as having notes of honey with rye spice, sweet orange, and caramel with undertones of vanilla, Five Fathers starts mellow and very smooth, with spice that creeps up on the palate during delivery with a peppery spice finish.
Peter Pogue said the five fathers whose pictures appear on on the label are H.E. Pogue I, who started the H.E. Pogue Distillery in Maysville in 1876; H.E. Pogue II, who ran the distillery until 1918; H.E. Pogue III, who ran the distillery through Prohibition; H.E. Pogue IV; and finally John P. Pogue, Sr., father of the current Pogue generation who has re-established the family business and products.
The sale of Five Fathers will only be available at the Old Pogue Distillery located at 716 West 2nd Street in Maysville. The release takes place at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 1. Individuals wishing to obtain a bottle of Five Fathers must register at the Pogue Distillery website, www.oldpogue.com/tours. No walk ups are permitted the day of the sale.