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State-Sanctioned ‘Bourbon Treasure Hunt’ Now Underway


Ohio Liquor and Watershed Distillery are releasing six exclusive single-barrel bourbon selections throughout the state. (Photo: Ohio Liquor)

Columbus, Ohio-based Watershed Distillery is partnering with Ohio Liquor to release six exclusive single-barrel selections in 29 liquor stores throughout the state beginning Monday. The release is being called Ohio’s bourbon treasure hunt and includes Barrel #811 Crème de la Crème Brulée, the only remaining barrel created from Watershed’s original five-grain mash bill.

The six were chosen from single barrels sampled. All were aged more than four years in Ohio-coopered American White Oak barrels. To find locations, go to They will remain on shelves until sold out, according to

The six selected expressions will be offered for sale price of $59.99, plus tax, at three OHLQ liquor store bottle signing events in May. The events will be hosted by Watershed’s head distiller, Aaron Harris.

“Partnering with OHLQ on these barrel selections again this year has been a highlight of the spring season at Watershed,” said Greg Lehman, CEO of Watershed Distillery, in a news release from OHLQ. “It’s exciting to see Ohio Liquor continue to expand their single barrel program, and we are really proud of these picks.”

Barrel Tasting Notes

Confectioner’s Cask – Barrel #18-0012 – 126.3 Proof: Warm rising notes of fresh baked goods, softened with a confectioner’s arsenal of brown sugar and hints of vanilla frosting, finishing with pockets of baking spice

Bourbon Buckeye – Barrel #17-0287 – 126.2 Proof: A one bite delicacy starting with a touch of cocoa that fades into off-the-press Belgian waffles, finishing with notes of tapped maple and brown butter

Ohio Dutch Apple – Barrel #18-0022 – 140.6 Proof: Light notes of new smoke give way for a floral hinting honeycomb made by apple tree pollinators

Crème de la Crème Brulée – Barrel #811 – 121.49 Proof: Familiar notes of deep toasted oak are mellowed by butterscotch candies, finishing as stovetop sugars turning to caramel

Malt Shop – Barrel #17-0274 – 130.7 Proof: A burst of heat pops on the tongue with notes of toasted oak, as the flavor mellows into waffle cone topped with French vanilla

Rich Lemon Pie – Barrel #17-0246 – 128.3 Proof: Baking spice links up with ginger to give hints at vanilla forward pie crust, as citrus notes pop into a gentle vanilla meringue

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