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Whiskey Thief Distilling Co. Joins Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour is a tool visitors to Kentucky whiskey country can use to connect them with smaller whiskey makers there. The latest to join this line up is Whiskey Thief Distilling Co.

Whiskey Thief Distilling Co., according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, becomes the 24th stop on the Craft Tour. The distillery itself was founded in 2021, operating more recently under the name Three Boys Farm Distillery. The new owner, Walter Zausch, acquired the Franklin County site two years ago and has created for visitors what’s described as a location where one can “enjoy an informative and casual Bourbon experience, sampling from several barrels of uncut and unfiltered Bourbon, and can even bottle their favorite to take home.

“The back patio and cocktail bar, surrounded by the corn grown and used in the Bourbon, allows guests to relax and enjoy the scenic Kentucky landscape.”

Whiskey Thief Distilling Co.
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour is a tool visitors to Kentucky whiskey country can use to connect them with smaller whiskey makers there. The latest to join this line up is Whiskey Thief Distilling Co. (image via KDA)

“We’re ecstatic to welcome guests into our 10-year-old distillery,” Zausch said in a prepared statement. “We offer a unique and unforgettable experience celebrating single barrel Bourbons at barrel-strength, uncut and unfiltered. And we will keep making Bourbon and Whisky using our very traditional processes. We are ready to share the next decade of Whiskey Thief Distilling as part of the Craft Tour.”

Coupled with the 18 larger-scale distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour, the KDA now boasts 42 immersive experiences for Bourbon and spirits lovers to enjoy when visiting the Bluegrass State.

The KBT Craft Tour is divided into four regions — Northern, Central, Western and Bluegrass — with unique challenge coins commemorating the finish of each upon completion.  After finishing all four regions, guests are awarded a collectible barrel stave tray to display their coins.

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder 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.

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