Castle & Key Distillery

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    Castle & Key Distillery

    A new bourbon (and rye and gin) is going to start coming out of an old Kentucky distillery. It's this site of the Old Taylor Distillery, which was built in 1887 by Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor - the namesake of Buffalo Trace's EH Taylor Bourbon, a line of small batch bourbons.

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    Taylor had built the distillery as a "distilling and hospitality destination" - inspired by the British Victorian culture of the time. The distillery initially shut down in 1917 when the US hospitality market began to decline in the shadow of WW1, which the United States had just entered after almost 3 years of abstaining from direct involvement. United Distillers purchased the distillery in 1935 following the repeal of US prohibition. The distillery was operated by United Distillers through 1972, at which point it was closed due to a decline in the bourbon market. Jim Beam purchased the distillery in 1987, but never attempted any renovations. It changed hands a couple of times, and then finally was purchased by its current owners in 2014 for $1.4 million.

    The distillery is currently producing, but not yet selling spirits. They brag the first female master bourbon distiller since prohibition, and they are offering $25 "renovation tours" of the facility, by appointment.

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    Bourbon production began in summer 2016, with a new still capable of producing 12,000 barrels annually.

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    I actually had the opportunity to walk this facility back in 2013 as a part of a "feasibility team" for a potential buyer. I remember being INCREDIBLY taken by the facility and the location, but it was in such a shambles that we really couldn't even start to put a dollar figure on the renovation. Our owner ended up walking. I'm REALLY glad they managed to find a buyer with the cojones to take this all on. I absolutely plan on taking the renovation tour in the next couple of months here.

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    Toured Buffalo Trace and saw they sold vodka. Asked what that was about and the guy told me they can sell those spirits with no aging. A fine bourbon takes a few years. I expect them to be selling additional clear alcohol other than gin.
    place looks cool!

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    Isn't it actually technically in Millville?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Schue View Post
    Isn't it actually technically in Millville?
    Yessir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    Yessir
    Home of the big burgoo festival.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Schue View Post
    Home of the big burgoo festival.
    I don't know what Millville is advertising, but the home of the Burgoo Festival is Lawrenceburg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigVMan23 View Post
    I don't know what Millville is advertising, but the home of the Burgoo Festival is Lawrenceburg.
    I believe Millville's festival is actually called "Hillbilly Daze"...but it's definitely burgoo-centric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    I believe Millville's festival is actually called "Hillbilly Daze"...but it's definitely burgoo-centric.
    Correct.

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    Mrs. doomer and I were cruising around the neighborhood when we came by this place several years ago. I had no idea that the place existing prior to that drive. Naturally, I had to climb the wall and take an informal tour of the place. I could see where it would have been and could be quite a place. I went back home and researched, then saw later where it had been acquired to refurbish it. The last time we drove by, there were workers inside. We may have to take a drive over this weekend. It's not far from the doomer farm.

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