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Southern Star Paragon - Single Barrel - Carolina Panthers Limited Series - Review

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

The Details

Southern Star

Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Single Barrel

Selected by the Carolina Panthers

Cask Strength Wheated

Aged 5.2 Years

Barrel 2167-63 / Bottle 38 of 200

Distilled, Aged and Bottled by Southern Distilling Company

Statesville, North Carolina

54.9% Alc/Vol / 109.8 Proof

Mashbill: 70% Corn / 16% Wheat / 14% Malted Barley

Price: $100

Poured Neat in a Glencairn

Appearance: Tawny

Nose: Fresh Baked Cinnamon Roll (Brown Sugar, Fresh Doughy Dough, Vanilla Icing, Cinnamon and a touch of Nutmeg

Palate: Molasses, Brown Sugar, Sweet Cream Frosting, Burnt Caramel

Finish: Warm Lingering and Viscous mouthfeel with a Nutmeg Spice

Overall: Southern Star. Carolina Panthers. Whiskey. North Carolina. Football. Partnership. 6 Single Barrels. What else can I add here? Oh, DELICIOUS!

You’ve seen me post one of my favorite Wheated Bourbons, Paragon, many times prior, and while each Single Barrel I’ve had has been amazing, there’s just something extra special about this very limited release. This has to be my new favorite barrel ever released from Southern Star. A Wheated bourbon with a mash bill of 70% Corn, 16% Wheat, 14% Malted Barley and aged 5.2 Years with a proof of 109.8, this Single Barrel Selection is everything I look for. Every box has been checked. With a flavor profile like this, it's one for all the competitions, trust me.

Press Release: STATESVILLE, N.C. Proudly made in North Carolina, Southern Star bourbon is building on its partnership with the Carolina Panthers with a limited release whiskey commemorating the team's 2003 NFC Championship season. Six unique single barrels of Southern Star Paragon were carefully selected and bottled with commemorative labeling that celebrates the team's achievements. Fewer than 1,000 bottles will be offered beginning Oct. 20, exclusively available in the Carolinas and debuting with a special event at Southern Distilling Company that day.

"As a longtime Panthers fan, I'm thrilled to celebrate the 20* anniversary of our team's first NFC championship," said Southern Distilling co-founder and CEO Pete Barger. "I grew up here, and it's where my wife Vienna and I have raised our family and started our business. We're proud to have grown tremendously and earned national recognition, and it's a privilege to celebrate our success alongside the Panthers in this way. I can't wait for us to share this release honoring the 2003 team

- and I'll be keeping a bottle on hand to raise a glass to future success, too!"

All bottles will feature a specially designed Carolina Panthers label unlike anything previously released in conjunction with the NFL. Each bottle will be numbered by hand, with the first 150 bottles on sale at Southern Distilling Company in Statesville, N.C., beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct.

20, with a Panthers Legend on-site to autograph bottles.

With so few bottles available, fans are encouraged to pick up a bottle before they sell out, either at the distillery or at select North Carolina ABC stores and South Carolina retailers.

Barger, who grew up in the Carolinas rooting for the Panthers, led the barrel pick process of identifying six exceptional barrels of Paragon bourbon, each an exemplar of the distillery's signature whiskey. While each barrel will have unique characteristics thanks to the aging process, Paragon Single Barrels are sweet with fruity florals and ripe apple notes on the nose; the palate bursts with vanilla, honey, subtle hints of walnuts and a rich texture. - End

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A big shout out to the team at Southern Distilling for such an incredible bottle. As always, all of my reviews are completely unbiased and honest...the way it should be!

Library Rating: 8.9 / 10


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