After a memorable visit to Heaven Hill in Bardstown this past March, I took the short drive to the Willett Distillery. It’s literally on the next hill. This distillery visit was my third in two days, after George Dickel and Heaven Hill. Okay…technically, it was Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center / warehouse / bottling plant, not their distillery. Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen and family run the company. Their story is an interesting one, and can be found in more detail here. Until very recently, Willett did not have a functioning distillery. They have been sourcing whiskey from various places, then aging, blending and bottling under various labels their company owns. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago the distillery was restored and Willett began distilling their own whiskey. Their first non-sourced whiskey to hit the market was a 2-year old rye whiskey. (more…)
Heaven Hill’s warehouses.
On an especially cold late-March morning, I pulled up to the parking lot of Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown, KY. This was my first time in bluegrass state. I took in the sights and sounds of the crisp morning before I walked into the Heritage Center. Josh Hafer of Heaven Hill graciously invited me to tour the facilities there, which include their warehouses, bottling plant, and aforementioned Bourbon Heritage Center. I had a feeling this was going to be an unforgettable morning. (more…)
Last month Diageo, George Dickel’s parent company, invited me to the George Dickel distillery, covering my travel expenses in the process. I was joined by four fellow whiskey bloggers for a private tour conducted by distiller Allisa Henley. It seems Diageo really wanted us to come away with a better understanding of what goes into making George Dickel Tennessee Whisky. I’m already a fan of their products, so this tour was highly anticipated. Let the whiskey geek-out begin. (more…)