Skip to main content

More Whiskey is Always Good News: Bulleit Distilling Opens New Distillery

What started as a dream by Tom Bulleit back in the 1980s—to make bourbon from a recipe that’s been in his family for over a century—is now a reality, as Bulleit Distilling recently opened its own distillery.

Located in Shelbyville, Kentucky, the new facility sits on a 300-acre campus and includes four barrel houses (each having a max capacity of 55,000 barrels), a 52-foot Vendome copper and brass still, and the first industrial solar array in Shelby County, which is projected to collect all of the energy needed to run every piece of on-site mobile equipment.  At max capacity, the distillery will eventually be able to produce 1.8 million proof gallons of the good stuff. Though this seems like a good goal to shoot for, the distillery was also designed to be modular, meaning they can grow and expand if the need arises.

The distillery has wider-ranging effects than just the ability to make more whiskey, though. Economically, Bulleit has contributed over $130 million to Kentucky’s economy between the initial $115 million investment for the site made by Diageo, the company that owns Bulleit, and another $18 million that was used to open the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller in nearby Louisville.

Currently, Bulleit’s core lineup consists of three whiskies—Bulleit Bourbon (based on the Bulleit family recipe), Bulleit Rye, which was introduced in 2011, and Bulleit Bourbon 10-Year-Old, which was added to the family in 2013. Bulleit also recently released a barrel strength expression, which we reviewed here. While not every expression is currently being made at the new facility, the distillery team is hard at work producing Bulleit Bourbon.

While you can’t visit the distillery (yet, hopefully), you can still learn about Bulleit at the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience, which is part of the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Media Courtesy of Brian Bohannon/AP Images for Bulleit Distilling Co.

Editors' Recommendations

Topics
Sam Slaughter
Sam Slaughter was the Food and Drink Editor for The Manual. Born and raised in New Jersey, he’s called the South home for…
Drinks 101: What’s a brand ambassador (and are any worth paying attention to)?
What's a brand ambassador? Here's what
Pouring alcohol. Barman working at night and wearing uniform pouring alcohol into glass with ice

First there were influencers, now the brand ambassadors. These important figures -- equal parts drinks personalities and marketing muscle -- personify the companies they work for. And in an era of close consumer scrutiny and cherishing brand character substance as much as product turnout, brand ambassadors are more important than ever.

What's a brand ambassador? Fair question. The title has been a bit muddled as of late, especially with celebrities entering the fray. And while on the surface it can feel just like marketing 101, there's a unique component in the drinks industry that makes it all the more appealing.

Read more
Dogfish Head and Northern Monk are collabing for a trans-Atlantic rye IPA
dogfish head northern monk collab screenshot 2024 06 10 184512

Iconic U.S. craft brewery Dogfish Head is collaborating with hip British brewery Northern Monk to create a rye session IPA that brings together the best of each brewery. The collaboration is the first in a series from Northern Monk, working with a group of friends called Endless Hum, aiming to celebrate bands and artists beloved by the brewers and to create the perfect beer for watching your favorite musicians live.

The rye session IPA is citrusy with orange and resin, plus juniper, sage, and other spices and features a hint of tropical fruit.  "Monk and Dogfish Head came up with the concept over two shared ideas; firstly, we both have enjoyed playing with small percentages of rye in the grist of session beers for that extra depth of flavor and mouthfeel it can bring, and secondly, we both enjoyed the white sage twist we added to last year's Hop City collaborative release," Northern Monk writes.

Read more
These new whiskies from Chivas Brothers can only be found in duty free
Pick up a bottle the next time you travel
Scotch drams

Two new whisky collections from Chivas Brothers are on their way to release, but if you want to pick up a bottle from either, then you'll need to check your airport next time you're flying. The new releases are exclusive to "global travel retail" -- or duty-free to you and me.
Royal Salute Small Batch Collection
The first of the pair comes from Royal Salute, which is debuting its Small Batch collection. The idea is to showcase rare and unusual whiskies that have been aged for several decades in various casks. Eight whiskies are in the collection, all presented in distinctive purple packaging and each aged between 25 and 28 years. Some of the casks used include rye, French oak, and Pedro Ximénez sherry, and the bottles will sell for between $450 and $750.

“Each of the eight whiskies available in this Small Batch collection were matured in special casks which I have personally selected on my travels around the world," said Sandy Hyslop, master blender at Chivas Brothers. "This is a truly unique collection, with each individual whisky having a unique flavor profile, providing an array of choice to suit different preferences and open up new tasting experiences.”
Ballantine's Golden Hour
The second release is from Ballantine's, which is introducing a 23-year-old Golden Hour series. The series features blended Scotches aged for 23 years, with the first release aged in Cognac casks. This 40% abv bottle will be released first in travel retail in the Asia Pacific region, selling for $279.

Read more