There’s no two ways about it, Kentucky Owl’s limited-release The Maighstir Edition is a testament to the rich history and innovative spirit of bourbon. Crafted by Kentucky Owl – a distinguished distillery known for pushing the boundaries of tradition – this limited release is a collaboration with master blender Maureen Robinson and promises to redefine the whiskey landscape.

Maureen, who is somewhat of a trailblazer, was one of the first women in the industry to earn the title of master blender. “I was inspired by Kentucky Owl’s forward-thinking mindset, wanting to capitalise on current consumer interest in craft spirits. The Maighstir Project was a bit of an experiment,” she says. 

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“One that was incredibly enjoyable to be immersed in, and I think the final product really speaks to our combined creativity and love of dark spirits.”

Maureen Robinson The Maighstir Edition
Kentucky Owl’s Master Blender, Maureen Robinson. Credit: Esteban La Tessa

Named after the Gaelic word for ‘master,’ Maighstir Edition pays homage to its creator’s expertise and the centuries-old craft of whiskey making. From the first whiff, the nose is greeted with a blend of small grains, caramel, and vanilla, hinting at the complexity within. Upon tasting, the palate is treated to a symphony of flavours, starting with the warmth and spice of rye before transitioning into vibrant citrus notes of orange and grapefruit. The finish is velvety smooth, leaving a lasting impression on the senses.

What sets Maighstir Edition apart is its meticulous blend of aged bourbons, ranging from 4 to 9 years old, each with unique mash bills containing corn, wheat, and malted barley. This careful selection results in a harmonious fusion of scotch and bourbon, creating a truly unforgettable drinking experience.

Kentucky Owl’s storied history adds another layer of intrigue to Maighstir Edition. Rumoured to have had barrels seized by the US Government during prohibition, the brand’s resurgence has been nothing short of spectacular. Each release, including Maighstir Edition, contributes to Kentucky Owl’s legacy of excellence and innovation in the bourbon world.

The Kentucky Owl Maighstir Edition is a celebration of craftsmanship, tradition, and ingenuity. With its blend of flavours and rich backstory, this release is sure to impress the most discerning of whiskey connoisseurs.

The Maighstir Edition by Kentucky Owl is best enjoyed neat, or served over ice. Find this extremely limited blend online here for $249.90.