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    List of Distilleries

    Is there a definative list somewhere that lists the working distilleries with the brands that they produce. I am not only interested in the brands that are released in the US, but also for the export only market. I have tried visiting the company websites but they generally only seem interested in listing their flagship brands. Thanks for your help!

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    Re: List of Distilleries

    There is some good info on the other side of this site. click on the straight bourbon logo and it will take you there look through makers and brands . I don't know if it is exhaustive but there's a chance you will learn something there

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    Re: List of Distilleries

    I tried that but every time I try to access the database I get the "internal server error" screen.

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    Re: List of Distilleries

    Jeff,
    The database for that portion of the site is still down since our move to the new server. I know exactly what has to be done to fix it, but getting a spare 4 or 5 hours to do it has been difficult lately.

    I'll let everyone know as soon as it's up.

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    Re: List of Distilleries

    Chuck, thanks for the suggestion that the Kentucky Distiller's Association is likely the best source.

    I know that you know this Chuck, but to inform Jeff, the problem comes with Four Roses in particular (and a few others) that are not listed. Since Four Roses is in transition from Seagrams to Kirin there is no web site (that I know of) and it is hard to get a list of their different products with most being sold internationally.

    So you've got a pretty good, but not all encompassing, listing.

    One point -- don't trust all of the books. Most of them were written several years ago and are now out of date; especially as to firm ownership.




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    Re: List of Distilleries

    Thanks for the advice guys. One in particular I am looking for is Jefferson's Reserve. Which distillery actually distills and ages the bourbon prior to bottling?

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    Re: List of Distilleries

    McLain & Kyne Distillery Co. Bardstown, Ky - which is Trey Zoeller, and I believe it is handled by Evan Kulsveen. But not sure where they get the product. They claim Bardstown so that limits it a lot -- Barton, Heaven Hill?

    Keep in mind there is a lot of bourbon in barrels that was put in the keg by some distillery several years ago and now sits in a warehouse waiting to be picked. With all of the changes in the past 20 years the firm that put it in the keg is sometimes long gone.

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    Re: List of Distilleries

    So if that's the case, does it really matter who the distiller is? I mean, with these "sub-contracted" distileries making bourbon for others to bottle, are they just following a recipe and all of the artform lies in the mixing and bottling? Does it really matter who actually starts the process? My gut tells me that the best bourbons are made by people who control the entire process. But maybe I am wrong?

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    Re: Jeff\'s Distilleries

    That's about right Greg, but the bourbon could come from any Kentucky distiller. I've gone ahead and bumped up a tasting on Jeff's Reserve that contains some good intel. The only thing I have to add is that there are rumours that it is really old stock from National Distillers. N.D. used to own Old Crow, Old Taylor, and Old Grand Dad. The intrigue of bourbon is also it's allure.

 

 

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