Chicken Cock Whiskey Returns To Roost In Kentucky - The Whiskey Wash

Chicken Cock Whiskey Returns To Roost In Kentucky

The Chicken Cock Whiskey label, as we highlighted last year, has a long and storied history tied to Kentucky and the whiskey scene there. This effectively ended in the 1950s, when a distillery fire pretty much snuffed out the brand until it was acquired by Grain & Barrel Spirits in 2013. They began releasing bottles under the brand, albeit sourced from Indiana. Now, in a return of sorts to its Kentucky roots, Chicken Cock will once again be made in its home state.

Those behind the Chicken Cock Whiskey return have teamed up with Bardstown Bourbon Company to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the brand under the latter’s Collaborative Distilling Program. The label remains independent and is not being supported by Bardstown in any way except to act as a production facility for the spirit. To that end the first distillation of 616 barrels of what will eventually be Chicken Cock Whiskey occurred at the end of August.

Chicken Cock Whiskey

Chicken Cock Whiskey (image via Grain & Barrel Spirits)

“Joining the Collaborative Distilling Program at BBCo completes the exciting resurrection of Chicken Cock, one of the oldest bourbon brands in the country,” said Matti Anttila, CEO of Grain & Barrel Spirits, in a prepared statement. “The brand is now officially 100% back home in Kentucky, a mere 80 miles from Paris, where its story began 162 years ago. Working with the world class team at BBCo we are confident that the brand’s best years are ahead of it.”

The Collaborative Program has been something of a runaway success for Bardstown. After production capacity was initially sold out in 2016, the distillery recently expanded its 3 million proof gallon capacity to 6.8 million proof gallons, which started operating July 1st.

“We are proud to work with the Grain & Barrel team and become the home for Chicken CockWhiskey,” added David Mandell, CEO of Bardstown Bourbon Company. “Chick Cock Whiskey has an incredible history in Kentucky, and we are excited to add to the next chapter in its development.”

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Nino Marchetti

Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.