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Georgetown, KY-based Blue Run Spirits today unveiled Reflection II Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the follow up to Reflection I.

While Reflection I focused on the darker base notes like oak and caramel, Reflection II zeroes in on brighter middle notes, the distillery says, including florals and sweetness.

“The Reflection Bourbon series is an intriguing blending project because we have an established baseline of approachability that will carry through to every release, but we will explore the different layers that make whiskey such an interesting spirit,” says Whiskey Director Shaylyn Gammon. “For continuity, we included some Reflection I as the base, and then started painting with an entirely different brush. Reflection II will be as familiar as it is new to anyone who enjoyed the first product.”

For Reflection II, the dominate mash bill features less rye than the original, but the proof is increased from 95 to 100. Reflection II also features older whiskey stocks than its predecessor, with Gammon seeking out barrels that exhibited elevated mid-note flavors from Blue Run’s more than 5,000-barrel inventory, the company says.

The result is aromas of warm spices and rich cocoa, according to distillery notes. On the palate is orange peel with honey, followed by fresh toasted oak and salted caramel blondies. The finish brings spicy citrus oils that evolve into barrel spice and churros, with notes of powdered sugar and cayenne.

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