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    Re: Master Distillers

    Every distillery has a tasting panel. Jack Daniel's probably has the biggest at something like 45 people, but the Master Distiller is typically the final decision-maker in that regard. In the case of the Van Winkle products, Julian would have the final say rather than Harlen. Supposedly, Elmer still has the final say on his namesake product. There may be some other exceptions, but it is Harlen for the most part.

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    Re: Master Distillers

    I just got back from a BT tour. I asked my tour guide about this and here is what he said.

    For the most part Harlen is the guy. Elmer T. Lee does still pick out his namesake barrels and Julian picks barrels for VanWinkle, but he made it sound like Julian's role was not absolute.

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    Re: Master Distillers

    Quote Originally Posted by kickert View Post
    ...Julian picks barrels for VanWinkle, but he made it sound like Julian's role was not absolute.
    Harlen may limit the inventory from which Julian may choose. I doubt Julian has the run of the place. For that matter, he probably does the same thing with Elmer and anybody else who is making selections.

 

 

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