Castle Brands Inc. a developer and international marketer of premium and super-premium branded spirits has purchased approximately 20% of Copperhead Distillery Company, which owns and operates the Kentucky Artisan Distillery.  The investment is part of a wide-reaching agreement to build a new warehouse to store Jefferson’s bourbons brands Jefferson’s, Jefferson’s Presidential Select™, Jefferson’s Reserve®, Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea® Bourbon, Jefferson’s Chef’s Collaboration, Jefferson’s The Manhattan: Barrel Finished Cocktail and Jefferson’s® Rye Whiskey. The agreement also covers distilling capabilities using special mash-bills made from locally grown grains, and an expanded visitor center and store to enhance the consumer experience for the Jefferson’s brand.

Castle Brand’s investment will be used to purchase land near the current distillery and for the construction of a new warehouse and tasting facility in Crestwood, Kentucky. The warehouse will have the capacity to store up to 10,000 barrels, with room for expansion, and will facilitate the continued growth of Jefferson’s wood finishes and barrel-aged cocktails.

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John Glover, Chief Operating Officer of Castle Brands, said “Kentucky Artisan Distillery is the perfect partner for Jefferson’s bourbon.  It is the brainchild of Steve Thompson, former President of Brown Forman Distillery Company.   They specialize in “Estate grown and distilled” small batch production of very high quality bourbon and rye.  Steve not only has a lifetime of experience making the highest quality spirits, but has built a flexible, scalable distillery that can add great value to the Jefferson’s brand.”

Steve Thompson, President and General Manager of Kentucky Artisan Distillery, stated “We are excited to partner with Castle Brands to further develop the super-premium Jefferson’s portfolio.  We look forward to working with Castle Brands for many years to come and welcoming friends to the new Jefferson’s visitor center.”

Castle Brands is a developer and international marketer of premium and super-premium beverage alcohol brands. In addition to the Jefferons’s offerings include Gosling’s Rum®, Knappogue Castle Whiskey®, Knappogue Twin Wood, Knappogue Castle 1951, Clontarf® Irish Whiskey, Pallini® Limoncello, Boru® Vodka and  Brady’s® Irish Cream.

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