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04-06-2004, 11:00
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Award Winning Bulleit Bourbon Comes to Chicago
Chicago Launch Features Founder, Tom Bulleit

Chicago, April 6, 2004: Just weeks after being named a Gold Medal Winner at the prestigious 2004 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Bulleit Bourbon makes its official "Windy City" debut tomorrow night at Whisky Fest Chicago featuring Bulleit's founder, Tom Bulleit.

Said Bulleit, "I am proud to bring my great-great-grandfather's recipe to Chicago and am honored to introduce it at Whisky Fest, one of the biggest events of the year."

Bulleit Bourbon will now be available throughout the Chicago area at top on-premise accounts and independent off-premise chain stores like Sam's Liquors and Binny's Beverage Depot.

The Chicago area launch of Bulleit comes a mere seventeen years after Tom Bulleit fulfilled a life-long dream by reviving his family's ancestral distilling enterprise. Using the original recipe created by his great-great-grandfather, Augustus Bulleit, Tom Bulleit founded the Bulleit Distilling Company.

Bulleit Bourbon is distilled from soft Kentucky limestone-filtered water - found only in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky - and the highest quality corn, barley, malt, rye, and a proprietary yeast strain. Produced in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, the brand evokes the adventurous, independent spirit of the American Frontier.

"The same spirit guiding Bulleit Bourbon is reflected in the hearts and minds of Chicago consumers," said Bulleit. "These men and women have struck out on their own path, taking chances, controlling their destiny and Bulleit Bourbon makes a great companion on that journey."

"Remember that on your journey, always make sure you drink responsibly - because there are some risks that no one should take," added Bulleit.

As part of the Diageo North American Whiskey Portfolio, Bulleit Bourbon is enjoying phenomenal growth as it will be available in 20-states as well as Australia and the UK by the end of 2004 - up from 3-states in 2001.

Bulleit Bourbon is proudly owned by Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O), the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines, and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.

Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 200 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com (http://www.diageo.com) <http://www.diageo.com>.

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