I’ve been eagerly awaiting Joseph Magnus Murray Hill Club Special Release Batch 3, the third Murray Hill Club limited release. Since this is an extension of the standard Murray Hill Club, one of the main differences between this and Joseph Magnus Bourbon is that Murray Hill Club blends light whiskey (due to distillation to a higher proof than allowed for bourbon) with bourbon, making it a blended bourbon, while Joseph Magnus Bourbon is 100% bourbon.
Joseph Magnus Murray Hill Club Special Release Batch 3 takes the standard Murray Hill Club to the next level with older whiskeys and finishing. Nancy Fraley kindly informed me that the Special Release is made by blending 2 barrels of 15 year old light whiskey with 10 barrels of 12 to 20 year old bourbon. That blend is then finished for 8 months in Virginia Distillery Company malt whiskey barrels that first held apple cider from Potter’s Craft Cider and Buskey Cider (finishing details courtesy of The Whiskey Wash). There’s a big focus on Virginia here, a big shift from batch 2 finishing in Pineau des Charentes – a French fortified wine. Let’s find out if all this old whiskey, unique finishing, and alchemy create an exceptional bourbon in this Joseph Magnus Murray Hill Club Special Release Batch 3 review.