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‘A Fresh Approach’: Blue Run Spirits Launches Flight Series With 6 ‘Micro Batch’ Bourbons

Blue Run Flight Series

Blue Run Flight Series will release twice annually beginning in 2023. (Photo: Blue Run Spirits)

On Monday, Blue Run Spirits announces a new series, which will release biannually, of “micro batch” whiskeys. Blue Run Flight Series is a collection of six Blue Run bourbons. The first two flights are available this week at select retailers in the U.S. and will be available online at beginning at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday. Blue Run will release two more Flights each subsequent day at the same time. A limited number of complete sets of all six bottles are available now at select retailers.

We did an early taste test of the first expression in the Flight Series, Alpine Run. Check out our review here.

Each Flight comes from between two and five barrels distilled by Blue Run’s liquid advisor, Jim Rutledge, at Castle & Key Distillery. The barrels were selected and blended by Whiskey Director Shaylyn Gammon, an alum of Wild Turkey. The Flight Series is the first Blue Run whiskey release blended by Gammon since she joined the company earlier this year.

“Micro batches are Blue Run’s response to the somewhat meaningless term ‘small batch,’ which has no clear definition or accepted industry standard,” Mike Montgomery, Blue Run Spirits cofounder and CEO, said in a news release. “To make things clearer to the whiskey fan, Blue Run features what it calls ‘micro batches,’ which means the blends came from at least two barrels, but no more than five. With so few barrels to work with, a micro batch truly highlights Shaylyn’s blending skills, introducing whiskey fans to more defined and pronounced flavors.”

Blue Run plans to release two Flight Series each year beginning in 2023. The names of each micro batch Flight come from “uniquely memorable destinations,” according to Blue Run.

Each Blue Run Flight retails for $119.99.

“It’s an absolute treat to work with liquid distilled by Jim Rutledge,” Gammon said. “Like a painter, that gives me a wonderful palette with which to create expressions that are unmistakable, with pronounced distinctions in aroma, flavor and finish. The whiskies in our Flight Series are a fresh approach to a common misnomer in the whiskey industry.”

Blue Run Flight Series Whiskey Details and Tasting Notes From the Brand

Alpine Meadows (available Oct. 19)

Proof: 115.2
Barrels Blended: Three
Total Six Bottle Cases Available: 99

Nose: Alpine Meadows hints at fresh cut flowers, peach skins and honeysuckle, followed by tart fruit, then smoky with a side of char.
Taste: The palate begins with subtle campfire matched with honey and spice, leading to bright citrus and green grapes, then ending in light brown sugar.
Finish: finds toffee and citrus, capped with baking spices and apricot preserves.

Parisian Pâtisserie (available Oct. 19)

Proof: 113.1
Barrels Blended: Three
Total Six Bottle Cases Available: 114

Nose: baked goods, orange peel, and French white wine, moving to roasting coffee beans and fir tree essence. That leads to sweet-fried plantains, charred wood and tea roses.
Taste: Glazed cinnamon roll melded with baking spices, then on to almond biscotti wrapped in brown sugar. The close is warm cinnamon, vanilla bean and a citrus zest.
Finish: starts with honey and soft pepper, ending with baking spices and sweet fruits.

Seattle Downpour (available Oct. 20)

Proof: 115.2 (cask strength)
Barrels Blended: Two
Total Six Bottle Cases Available: 65

Nose: Starts with leather, pineapple juice, dried apricots and raisins, then transitions to caramel macchiato and white pear, finally ending in bread pudding, vanilla and puff pastry.
Taste: A hint of salt kicks it off with an extra pump of vanilla and butterscotch. The middle finds juicy stone fruit, apricot and roasted coffee beans, ending with light wood, dark chocolate and caramelized ginger.
Finish: Warm with peach-infused maple syrup and light spice drizzled in honey.

Lahaina Luau (available Oct. 20)

Proof: 109.6
Barrels Blended: Three
Total Six Bottle Cases Available: 121

Nose: Lahaina Luau kicks off with honey and sweet pear, which is followed by caramel, roses and orange blossom with a crescendo of plumeria, caramelized brown sugar and light smoke.
Taste: Enters salty with banana and orange slices, leading to brown sugar and fruit cake spice, then closing with spice and slight maple.
Finish: Light guava and brown sugar.

Washington Apple Orchard (available Oct. 21)

Proof: 118 (cask strength)
Barrels Blended: Five
Total Six Bottle Cases Available: 176

Nose: Washington Apple Orchard starts with fresh blueberries and dehydrated fruit, leading to delightful bubblegum and shortbread, which is capped with leather, apple juice and sweet spice.
Taste: Opens with vanilla bean and honey with a tinge of banana, followed by Fuji apples and oatmeal, then rounding out with essence of oak and black pepper.
Finish: wood spice, spiced apple cider and lingering toasted wood.

Marrakech Market (available Oct. 21)

Proof: 110.3
Barrels Blended: Three
Total Six Bottle Cases Available: 106

Nose: Opens with cloves, butterscotch and rich maple syrup, moving to dark cherry and nutty grains, and ending in light wood.
Taste: Bright, with honey and light floral notes, followed by crème brûlée meeting toasted oak, then rounds out with a medley of black pepper, peanuts and blackberries.
Finish: Buttery with a dash of light pepper and a hint of cardamom.

In August, Blue Run revealed plans to graduate from bottler to distiller status with a proposal to build a $50 million distillery. Earlier this month, the company announced that it had signed a strategic financing deal with Advanced Spirits, a company specializing in “the procurement, financing and aging of whiskeys for brand partners.”

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David Morrow is the managing editor of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.