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    Who owns what American Whiskey

    Bumping aroud wikipedia, and the net, I gathered this information as to who owns what Whisky. I am confused by some of the information (I thought Van Winkle was independent, but the Sazerac Company's website lists it as a brand, etc.) Any additions / corrections welcome.


    Wild Turkey - Pernod (France)
    Bulliet - Diageo (UK)
    Four Roses - Kirin (Japan)
    Makers Mark - Private (USA)
    Old Potrero - Anchor Distillery (USA)
    Black Maple Hill - CVI (USA)

    Kentucky Bourbon Distillers - (USA)
    - Noah's Mill
    - Vintage Bourbon
    - Johnny Drum
    - Old Bardstown

    The Sazerac Company - Private (USA)
    - Sazerac Rye
    - George T. Stagg
    - Buffalo Trace Distillery

    - Van Winkle Family Reserve
    - Ancient Age
    - Blanton's
    - Old Charter
    - Elmer T. Lee
    - W.L. Weller
    - McAfee's Benchmark Bourbon
    - Hancock's Reserve Single-Barrel
    - Rock Hill Farms
    - Eagle Rare -17 years old
    - William Larue Weller
    - Thomas H. Handy

    Fortune Brands (USA)
    - Old Crow
    - Jim Beam
    - Knob Creek
    - Booker's
    - Basil Hayden
    - Baker's

    Brown Forman (USA)
    - Early Times
    - Jack Daniel's
    - Woodford Reserve
    - Old Forester

    Heaven Hill - Private (USA)
    - Elija Craig
    - Evan Williams
    - Fighting Cock
    - Henry McKenna Bourbon
    - Kentucky Delux
    - Old Fitzgerald
    - Ezra Brooks (brand owned by Luxco- USA)
    - Rebel Yell (brand owned by Luxco- USA)
    Last edited by Attila; 08-11-2008 at 21:43.

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    Re: Who owns what American Whiskey

    Fortune Brands owns Makers Mark

    Diageo also owns George Dickel and James E Pepper

    Luxco (aka David Sherman) is a private bottler and also owns:
    Bourbon Supreme
    Yellowstone
    David Nicholson 1843
    Davies County
    Governor's Club
    a couple others

    From what I understand BT has distribution rights to the VW line, but the VW family still owns and controls production, but I'm not exactly sure if the actual details, so I may be totally wrong

    Fortuen Brands also does:
    Old Grand Dad
    Old Bourbon Hollow..

    Ah heck why am I bothering to type all this shit...

    here's possibly the most complete link, though it isn't the most up to date...look under "brands"

    btw this site doesn't work at all in FF, you must use IE...
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    Re: Who owns what American Whiskey

    this link should work in firefox:

    http://www.kybourbon.com/english/pages/brands.html

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    Re: Who owns what American Whiskey

    Updated from above comments (Thanks for the link).


    Wild Turkey - Pernod (France)
    Four Roses - Kirin (Japan)
    Old Potrero - Anchor Distillery (USA)
    Black Maple Hill - CVI (USA)

    Diageo (UK)
    - George Dickel
    - James E Pepper
    - Bulliet


    Kentucky Bourbon Distillers - (USA)
    - Noah's Mill
    - Vintage Bourbon
    - Johnny Drum
    - Old Bardstown

    The Sazerac Company - Private (USA)
    - Sazerac Rye
    - George T. Stagg
    - Buffalo Trace Distillery

    - Van Winkle Family Reserve
    - Ancient Age
    - Blanton's
    - Old Charter
    - Elmer T. Lee
    - W.L. Weller
    - McAfee's Benchmark Bourbon
    - Hancock's Reserve Single-Barrel
    - Rock Hill Farms
    - Eagle Rare -17 years old
    - William Larue Weller
    - Thomas H. Handy

    Fortune Brands (USA)
    - Makers Mark
    - Old Crow
    - Jim Beam
    - Knob Creek
    - Booker's
    - Basil Hayden
    - Baker's
    - Old Grand Dad
    - Old Bourbon Hollow

    Brown Forman (USA)
    - Early Times
    - Jack Daniel's
    - Woodford Reserve
    - Old Forester

    Heaven Hill - Private (USA)
    - Elija Craig
    - Evan Williams
    - Fighting Cock
    - Henry McKenna Bourbon
    - Kentucky Delux
    - Old Fitzgerald

    Luxco (USA)
    - Bourbon Supreme
    - Yellowstone
    - David Nicholson 1843
    - Davies County
    - Governor's Club
    - Ezra Brooks
    - Rebel Yell

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    Re: Who owns what American Whiskey

    Don't forget Preiss Imports:
    A.H. Hirsch
    Hirsch Special Reserve

    Barton Brands (Constellation Spirits):

    Very Old Barton
    1792 Ridgemont Reserve
    Ten High
    Tom Moore
    Kentucky Tavern
    Kentucky Gentleman
    Barclay
    Colonel Lee

    As well as a slew of blends. There are probably more "cats-and-dogs" at Beam and Heaven Hill.

    What I'd like to learn are the sources for the export whiskeys available in Japan and Europe, for example:
    Cock of the Walk
    (American) Cowboy
    Yellow Rose of Texas
    Virgin
    Old Man Winter
    Olde St. Nick
    etc. etc.

    In general, I always assume the ones with "Kentucky" in the name or handwritten-looking labels are KBD, and the rest are HH but I'm not sure!
    Kevin

    "Clears up her head with bourbon/Cause beer is so suburban/And declasse for what it's worth"

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    Re: Who owns what American Whiskey

    I am sure that Virgin Bourbon in its various ages is from Heaven Hill!

    Thomas

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    Re: Who owns what American Whiskey

    The SB.com page on this topic is worth a look.

    Useful as it is, the distillery information can be confusing in that many so-called "distilleries" do not distill presently and some never have. At least that's my understanding from Kentuckians and others with contacts within the industry.

    The association between Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace (Sazerac) came about recently. Hopefully VW products distilled at BT will become available in time to supplant current stocks and will live up to the high standards set by current and previous bottlings.

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield
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    Re: Who owns what American Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by bluesbassdad View Post
    The SB.com page on this topic is worth a look.
    Indeed worth a look. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by bluesbassdad View Post
    Hopefully VW products distilled at BT will become available in time to supplant current stocks and will live up to the high standards set by current and previous bottlings.
    Hope so indeed!

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    Re: Who owns what American Whiskey

    Neither Blanton's nor the van Winkles are owned by Sazerac. That's something of a technicality with the Blanton's, since Buffalo Trace makes the whiskey, ages it, bottles it, and distributes it in the US, but there it is.

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    Re: Who owns what American Whiskey

    We never talk about it as much, but doesn't the same hold true for Ancient Age as for Blanton's (Age International), or did Buffalo Trace/Sazerac buy that label back?
    Kevin

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