Litchfield Distillery announced its annual year-end holiday release: a six-year-old bottled-in-bond straight bourbon whiskey. The limited release will fall under the distillery’s Founders’ Reserve series, a designation reserved for exceptional expressions that Litchfield Distillery founders and brothers unanimously agree are worthy of the special appellation. The limited-release bourbon was born from 100% Connecticut-grown corn, rye and malted barley and then aged in new oak, No. 4 charred barrels for six years. It marks just the third time that Litchfield Distillery has released its own straight bourbon whiskey with a six-year age statement. The bourbon showcases a harmonious blend of classic oak, caramel and vanilla notes with a subtle touch of cherry and spice. The “bottled in bond” designation carries more than a century’s worth of American distilling heritage and was originally created to ensure provenance and transparency among U.S. distilleries. To make this designation, a distillery must clear several hurdles. The spirit must be aged at least four years and bottled precisely at 100 proof, and it must be made by one distillery at a single distillery in one season, then aged in a bonded warehouse. Litchfield Distillery offers the new release in a branded wood gift box that includes two rock glasses, available for purchase at Litchfield Distillery and distributed to Connecticut retail stores by Slocum & Sons.