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Thursday
Nov042010

Bourbon - Who Makes What?

This is always good to refresh because I get a little confused every now and again.  Just for the record, there are only 8 distilleries making real Bourbon in the U.S. despite the large amount of brands being sold.  Worse than that, hardly any bourbons are clear about their origins, as they would rather you just drink them and go about your business.  However, they all come from one of the following places, so as a quick reference guide, I'm going to take the bourbons that we carry and break them down by distillery for you.

Heaven Hill - Bardstown

-Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Parker's, Rittenhouse

Buffalo Trace - Frankfort

-Buffalo Trace, Sazerac, Elmer T. Lee, Eagle Rare, George T. Stagg, Weller LaRue, Thomas Handy, Pappy Van Winkle (still sourcing Stitzel-Weller for now)

Four Roses - Lawrenceburg

-Four Roses, Bulleit Bourbon (owned by Diageo)

Maker's Mark - Loretto

Maker's Mark, Maker's Mark 46

Wild Turkey - Lawrenceburg

Wild Turkey

Woodford Reserve - Versailles

Woodford Reserve, Old Forester

So now you're wondering where do Black Maple Hill, Willett's, Rowan's Creek, Noah's Mill, Old Buck, Pure Kentucky, Vintage, Prichard's, Johnny Drum, Hirsch, and High West come from?  The answer is one of the above.

-David Driscoll

 

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