J. Mattingly to Release Blend in Honor of Mogadishu Mile


May 17, 2024

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J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery will honor military veterans Memorial Day weekend with a commemorative bourbon bottling in remembrance of Mogadishu Mile.

The Battle of Mogadishu took place during Operation Restore Hope and was one of the bloodiest battles American Soldiers had seen since Vietnam. Eighteen U.S. soldiers died during the battle, and two days later a 19th soldier was killed in a mortar attack. 

In remembrance of this sacrifice, J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery is releasing its Mogadishu Mile Bourbon, a commemorative edition bottling comprised of 19 barrels blended together to create a limited edition available online and in-store on Memorial Day weekend.  Only 500 bottles are available for purchase. 

A portion of the sale of each bottle will go towards Kentucky Wounded Heroes, a nonprofit organization serving Kentucky’s current or former members of the United States Armed Forces and first responders who have been injured during combat operations or line-of-duty service.  This is the fourth year J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery has partnered with Kentucky Wounded Heroes on a Mogadishu Mile Bourbon bottle. 

The bottles will go on sale on Saturday, May 25, online and at a Memorial Day event at J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery in Frankfort, Ky. to recognize our country’s military who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  The event will include a food truck, local beer, cocktails for purchase and local vendors from veteran-owned businesses. Limited edition commemorative glassware etched with the word “Veteran” and the American flag will be complimentary with the purchase of a cocktail.    

The significance of the 19 war heroes who lost their lives as a result of the battle and the 19 barrels selected for this bottling is not lost on the blending team at J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery. 

“Early on in the tasting phase of the barrels, it was noticed by a member of Kentucky Wounded Heroes that 19 barrels had been pulled for consideration to make this blend,” Harry Richart, president and chief operating officer, said in a news release. “Normally we would cull down the number of barrels used in a blend into a smaller number, but we felt it was meant to be that 19 barrels had been selected initially, so our blending team created this year’s blend using parts of all 19 barrels and we’re ecstatic with the result.” 

The Mogadishu Mile Bourbon is a 6.5-year-aged bourbon bottled at 115 proof. Pricing starts at $120 for a 750 mL bottle with $20 from each bottle sale going to Kentucky Wounded Warriors. 

The Memorial Day event on May 25 will be held 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the distillery, located at 20 Reilly Road, Frankfort, KY. There will be a food truck, local beer, local vendors from veteran-owned businesses and cocktails for purchase. Complimentary commemorative glassware honoring veterans with purchase of cocktail. J. Mattingly’s Mogadishu Mile Bourbon will go on sale upon opening at $120 in-store for 750 mL.  Admission to the event is complimentary. 

For more information about J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery visit www.JMattingly1845.com.