15 Stars Releases New Sherry Cask Finish Bourbon


September 27, 2023

15 Stars Sherry Cask square

15 STARS announced the release of Sherry Cask Finish, a meticulous blend of straight bourbon whiskeys, aged 13 and 10 years. Bottled at 115 proof, the new expression was recently awarded Best Bourbon of 2023, Best Finished Bourbon of 2023, and Double Gold at the 2023 NYWSC.

15 STARS Sherry Cask Finish, sourced from Kentucky and Indiana and finished in casks previously seasoned by sherry wine, is now available as a limited release in select retailers in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and online through 15STARS.com.

Released earlier this year, 15 STARS First West Rye was also recently awarded with top recognition at the 2023 NYWSC, including Best in Show for 2023, Best Rye Whiskey for 2023, and Double Gold. First West Rye, is a select blend of straight rye whiskeys aged 8, 7, and 6 years from Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee and bottled at 105 proof. This whiskey showcases distilling from America’s “First West”, which in 1795 was centered on Kentucky, the first state west of the Appalachians, and included the Northwest and Southwest Territories.

With over 60 competition awards since debuting on the market in January 2022, the father/son duo, Rick and Ricky Johnson, are focused on making the very best whiskey, which begins with highly aged whiskey, up to 19 years old. Their meticulous blending adds to the complexity and interest of the bourbon, while flavor proofing provides the optimal flavor at bottling. Bottling is only done when it reaches the duo’s high expectations.

Sherry Cask Finish is available for $179 MSRP, while First West Rye is in stores for $89 MSRP.

During National Bourbon Heritage Month,15 STARS—named for Kentucky being the 15th state and the second U.S. flag (1795-1818) which represented Kentucky as the 15th state with 15 stars and 15 stripes, honors the craftsmanship of early Kentucky artisans and their tradition of excellence. Many artisans from that time are represented in the 15 STARS Collection which inspired 15 STARS to produce bourbon that stands up to the high artisanship of that time. Visit the 15 STARS Collection at https://15stars.com/collection/.

Bourbon fans familiar with 15 STARS, will recognize the new limited-release as every bottle is topped with a classic metal stopper inspired by the first U.S. coinage, which displayed 15 stars. Engraved by the American artisan Robert Scot, the design on the metal stopper represents the historic craftsmanship of early America that has stood the test of time. 

With a look to the future, 15 STARS has a significant inventory of aged bourbon stocks from 10 to 19 years old — the oldest will turn 20 years old in March 2024. The bourbon company is also contract distilling unique heritage corn bourbons and rye whiskey using black, red, white, and blue heritage corn which have never been distilled—each producing individual flavors. The oldest of these will turn four years old in November and will be released only when ready.