In the pursuit of finding the perfect balance and expression, Duke Grand Cru Kentucky Reserve Rye whiskey exquisitely marries the classic and powerful flavors of aged Kentucky rye with the finest French Oak Grand Cru wine barrels in the world. Each barrel represents a very key element to the evolution of flavor. The tight grains found in French Oak, originating from centuries-old forests, combined with the perfect level of toasting ultimately provides a canvas rarely explored. Our rare selection of Kentucky rye is meticulously crafted and then delicately rests in these barrels, leading to an incredible balance of flavors while extracting the subtle nuances of the French oak and years of Cabernet infusion. At the precise moment, the rye is then moved to rest in a second French oak wine barrel, which has been graced by both a world-class Cabernet and our 9-year-old Kentucky Straight bourbon. This secondary finish rounds out the velvety profile of the rye. Not all barrels are created equal, so our master blender has sought out the rarest and finest French oak barrels to honor and enhance the great flavors of our Kentucky Rye. These barrels have aged some of the most stunning 98-100 point scoring single vineyard California Cabernets.