Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky is known the world round as the Bourbon Capital of the World. The town is home to eleven unique distillery experiences within sixteen miles of downtown. In a collaborative effort Heaven Hill Distillery, James B Beam Distilling Co, Bardstown Bourbon Company, Preservation Distillery and Log Still Distillery have joined together to release a one-of-a-kind bourbon series celebrating their Bardstown heritage.
The Bardstown Collection – Coming Sept. 2021
To create The Bardstown Collection each distillery committed to selecting a premium bourbon to represent their company’s best bourbon. Each bottle will get custom packaging that celebrates the community and the history of Bardstown.
“You can truly feel the magic of our bourbon culture and heritage come alive when working on this special release,” said Samantha Brady, executive director of Bardstown Tourism. “We are trademarked as the “Bourbon Capital of the World,” but when distilleries unite to authenticate your claim; you don’t get much better than that. There is a reason why we say “Bourbon Comes from Bardstown” and we invite you to experience this for yourself.”
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“My family’s been in the area for generations, and we’ve always considered Bardstown our home,” shared Freddie Noe IV, 8th Generation Distiller for James B Beam Distilling Co. “Not just because most of us have lived here, but because we’re part of the community. So when this idea was brought to us, it was a no brainer. We’re honored to join our fellow bourbon distillers in coming together for a good cause – and great bourbon.”
Kay Noe, 8th Generation Distiller Freddie Noe and their son 9th Generation Booker Noe.
The shared bottle design features iconic images from Bardstown, such as The My Old Kentucky Home museum and will be packaged within a gold-embossed, navy blue box featuring an ornate compass and a detailed graphic of the region’s topography. The box also includes a moleskin booklet describing the product and process of every distillery.
“A collaboration like this has never been done within the bourbon industry,” shared Dan Callaway, vice president of hospitality and product development for Bardstown Bourbon Company. “It is remarkable to be part of the camaraderie and collaboration between so many Bardstown brands.”
The project will be bottled at Bardstown Bourbon Company’s new 55,000 square foot bottling facility, then made available for purchase exclusively on-site at each distillery’s visitors center in September. The releases will be scheduled so that guests will have an opportunity to visit each location to purchase their bottle during this year’s Bourbon Heritage Month.
All proceeds from The Bardstown Collection release will be donated to the Bardstown community.
Settled in 1780, Bardstown is Kentucky’s second-oldest city. Throughout Nelson County, there are more than 300 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, with nearly 200 of them located in the historic downtown district. In fact, the stagecoach stop that was built in 1779 still stands today as a tavern, restaurant, and bed & breakfast.