BLOOD OATH PACT No. 5
The Blood Oath series, the creation of Lux Row Distillers’ Head Distiller and Master Blender John Rempe, is an annually released blended bourbon that changes recipe every year.
Pact No. 5 starts with an eight-year-old rye bourbon rested in ex-Caribbean rum barrels for six months. Once this bourbon picked up rum notes, Rempe combined it with an 11-year-old wheated bourbon and a peppery 13-year-old rye bourbon.
“When selecting these bourbons, I knew the dark rum sweet notes would be a perfect complement for these well-aged bourbons, and the result is extremely satisfying,” says Rempe. “On the nose, Pact No. 5 comes right off with dark fruit notes, brown sugar and a touch of orange zest, followed by sugar cane and dark chocolate notes and a little heat once you sip it. This one offers a lingering finish, accented by notes of honey.”
This year’s release returns to its original fire-branded wooden display box. Like its predecessors, the bottle is topped with a custom natural cork, sealed and hand-labeled with certificate-style paper stock, including Rempe’s signature, and bottled at 98.6 proof — the temperature of blood.
Pact No. 5 is available globally in 750-ml. It’s a limited release, with only 15,000 cases (three-packs) created.