Five distilleries from the Bardstown, Kentucky area will soon release a collaborative bourbon collection to honor the region known as the “Bourbon Capital of the World.”
“You can truly feel the magic of our bourbon culture and heritage come alive when working on this special release,” said Samantha Brady, executive director of Bardstown Tourism, 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.”
“My family has been in the area for generations, and we’ve always considered Bardstown our home,” said Freddie Noe IV, eighth generation distiller for James B. Beam Distilling. “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 Palatella Family, owners of Preservation Distillery, said, “Our family has many decades in the bourbon industry. This magical place, and our love of all things bourbon means a lot to us. Bardstown’s tightly knit bourbon community coming together for something so special allows us all to share what we love with those who share our passion for bourbon.”
There are 11 distillery experiences within 16 miles of Bardstown, and on Jan. 13th and 14th, this select group will release their co-branded expressions. Each distiller has selected a premium product that represents their company’s best bourbon.
Their bourbon is being bottled in custom packaging under the cohesive brand name “Bardstown Collection” while their own distillery’s secondary label will signify the five different editions of the collection. Every bottle is then housed in a blue and gold box that celebrates the community and the history of Bardstown.
“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’s remarkable to be part of the camaraderie and collaboration between so many Bardstown brands.”
The shared bottle design features iconic images from Bardstown, such as the My Old Kentucky Home Museum. Gold-embossed blue boxes feature an ornate compass and a detailed display of the region’s topography. The box also includes a premium booklet that describes the product and process of each participating distillery.
“The Bardstown Collection is a true representation of the community, camaraderie and collaboration great Bourbon is built on,” said Conor O’Driscoll, master distiller at Heaven Hill Distillery. “We are honored to join our fellow Bardstown distillers to create a one-of-a-kind bourbon that will directly impact the community that raises up our historic industry.”
All proceeds from the release will be donated back to the community of Bardstown to support local improvements and organizations. Each distillery is allocating two barrels to this limited release at a price point of $199.99 per bottle.
“For me, giving back to the community and continuing the family tradition are both priorities. This collection does both,” noted Lynne Dant, chief operating officer and distiller at Log Still Distillery. “Having this many distilleries coming together for the greater good is really special, so I’m honored to be a part of the project.”
The release schedule is:
Thursday, Jan. 13th
- 10 a.m. – Heaven Hill Distillery
- 1 p.m. – Preservation Distillery
- 4 p.m. – Log Still Distillery
Friday, Jan. 14th
- 10 a.m. – James B. Beam Distilling Co.
- 2 p.m. – Bardstown Bourbon Company
- 6 p.m. – Celebration at Scout & Scholar Brewing
The distilleries creating the “Bardstown Collection” plan for an annual release, with hopes of more distilleries joining the collaboration in future years.
For more information on the Bardstown Collection, check out bardstowncollection.com