15 Stars Releases 8 & 15 Year Old, First West Batch 2


March 1, 2024

15 Stars 8 & 15 and First West 2 bottles

Award-winning 15 STARS announced the limited release of its  8 & 15 YO Private Stock Fine Aged Bourbon – with an updated age statement from the previous 7&15 Year expression – along with its second batch of the award-winning First West Rye Whiskey.

Beginning March 1, both expressions will be available on the shelves of select retailers in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgia, and Louisiana, Florida, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Illinois, as well as online through Seelbachs and 15STARS.com.

15 STARS 8&15 YO Private Stock Fine Aged Bourbon, bottled at 107 proof (53.5% ABV), is a blend of Kentucky straight bourbons aged 8 and 15 years, a familiar expression to fans of the previously released 7&15 Private Stock. With an extra year of aging, the new release has a nose reminiscent of a gourmet candy shop with confectionery notes of toffee, fudge, fruit cake, and honeycomb. It carries an SRP of $139.

“We were proud to have shared the previously released 7&15 Year Private Stock in 2022, but this updated expression, with the extended aging, takes the complex blend of flavors to the next level,” Ricky Johnson, 15 STARS co-founder, said in a news release. “The 8&15 YO Private Stock Fine Aged Bourbon exemplifies what 15 STARS strives to accomplish with each special release — crafting the finest whiskey with no expense or effort spared.”

In addition to the release of the 8&15 Year Private Stock, 15 STARS is releasing its second batch of the award-winning First West Rye. Previously gaining top acclaim in 2023 at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition as “Best in Show,” First West Rye Batch 2-SSDD (recognizing that Batch 2 is crafted from the same spirits but bottled on a different day) is a select blend of straight rye whiskeys aged 9, 7, and 6 years from Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee, bottled at 105 proof (52.5% ABV). 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. SRP is $89.

“Being able to bottle the First West Rye again allows us to continue sipping and enjoying one of our favorite expressions from our portfolio,” Johnson said. “We know the 15 STARS family will love the second batch just as much as the first, if not more.”

Bourbon fans familiar with 15 STARS will recognize the limited-release products 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. 

For more information, visit 15STARS.com.