Frank August Launches Case Study, Single Barrel Series


November 21, 2022

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After launching their inaugural flagship release, Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, to critical acclaim four months ago, Frank August announced that it will be introducing two, very limited expressions, to expand the brand’s portfolio offering: the brand’s first single barrel releases, as well as their introduction to the much anticipated Case Study series.

Single Barrel Frank August reconsiders how America’s native spirit is defined and perceived by continuing to challenge some of the established status quos of the industry. This philosophy is further reflected in how the brand identified their picks for their inaugural “Single Barrel” cask strength release. After Johnathan Crocker, CEO and Co-Founder, identified the top 10 favorite barrels, the selection process was taken a step further by enlisting the collective expertise of some of the industry’s most respected master distillers and master blenders.

An untraditional and unprecedented approach where some of the world’s most discerning palates selected the final five barrels of Frank August’s first ever Single Barrel release. A concept which also reinforces the brand’s effort to evolve and reconsider the identity of bourbon by uniting heritage with modernity.

“There truly is this philosophy that a rising tide raises all boats within the bourbon industry, especially in Kentucky,” Crocker said in a news releas. “Early on, Drew (Kulsveen) had shared with me that I’d be surprised at how many people would be willing to help us get the brand off the ground. Honestly, I thought it was a nice passing comment to make. But the only thing we’ve experienced is just that.”

Crocker noted that 116 years of combined master distilling and master blending experience went into the hand selection of the barrels. This limited release is the first of many more single barrel releases still to come with the brand. Each of the 5 barrels were bottled at cask strength, sitting between 123.0 – 125.0 proof and are 5.1 years old; SRP is $119.99.

In keeping with the minimal design aesthetic of the brand, the neck label will be what distinguishes each of Frank August’s unique expressions. Single Barrel expressions will be identified by a black label with gold printing and personalized handwriting.

The third release launching is Frank August’s first “Case Study” offering: Case Study: 01 Mizunara Japanese Oak. The program is named after an American mid-century architectural project, designed as an opportunity for the brand to showcase experimental expressions of bourbon whiskey, through various finishing techniques, blending of whiskies and any other potential opportunities that might eventually present themselves. For this foundational release, Frank August finished 5 hand-selected barrels of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, with Mizunara that was medium toasted.

As Mizunara is a very porous wood, its ability to impact the flavor profile of whiskey can happen much quicker than other denser white oaks, like American and European oaks. As a result, samples were pulled every 30 days to monitor the development of the flavor profile that was being impacted by the Mizunara.

The whiskey was bottled at 114.4 proof / 62.2 ABV%. Fewer than 1,000 bottles were bottled for this limited release and the SRP is $149.99. As a result of the limited release nature of these expressions, they will be distributed in the following markets: CA, AZ, NV, WA, FL, D.C., MD, and DE.

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