The distilleries of Bardstown, Kentucky, recently teamed up to announce a collaborative project that they feel will further establish the region as the “Bourbon Capital of the World.”
Heaven Hill, James B Beam Distilling Co, Bardstown Bourbon Company, Preservation and Log Still all announced on National Bourbon Day back in June that they have joined together to release a one-of-a-kind bourbon series celebrating their Bardstown heritage coming this September.
All proceeds generated from the series will be donated to the Bardstown community, the distilleries announced.
“You can truly feel the magic of our bourbon culture and heritage come alive when working on this special release,” Samantha Brady, executive director of Bardstown Tourism, said in a prepared statement. “We are trademarked as the “Bourbon Capital of the World,” but when distilleries unite to authenticate your claim; you don’t get much better than that. There is a reason why we say “Bourbon Comes from Bardstown” and we invite you to experience this for yourself.”
Bardstown is home to 11 distilleries within a 16 mile region. Each distiller partner committed to selecting a premium bourbon to represent their company and be bottled in custom packaging for the Bardstown Bourbon series.
“My family’s been in the area for generations, and we’ve always considered Bardstown our home,” said Freddie Noe IV, 8th Generation Distiller for James B Beam Distilling Co. “Not just because most of us have lived here, but because we’re part of the community. So when this idea was brought to us, it was a no brainer. We’re honored to join our fellow bourbon distillers in coming together for a good cause – and great bourbon.”
The shared bottle design has images of Bardstown, like The My Old Kentucky Home museum, and will be packaged within a gold-embossed, navy blue box featuring a compass and detailed graphic of the region’s topography. It also includes a moleskine booklet that describes the product and process of every distillery.
“A collaboration like this has never been done within the bourbon industry,” said Dan Callaway, vice president of hospitality and product development for Bardstown Bourbon Company. “It is remarkable to be part of the camaraderie and collaboration between so many Bardstown brands.”
The project will be bottled at Bardstown Bourbon Company’s new 55,000 square foot bottling facility before being made available for purchase on site at each distillery.
Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.