Dueling Grounds Distillery - Linkumpinch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Dueling Grounds Distillery founded in 2014 in Franklin, Kentucky is releasing its first Kentucky straight bourbon. The distillery sits on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee and gets its name from the local dueling grounds, as in pistol duels from the early 1800s.

Sam Houston - Courtesy of Library of Congress
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Sam Houston (Courtesy of Library of Congress.)

The small batch 2 year old Linkumpinch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is named for Linkumpinch Farm where legendary duels took place. The story dates back to Sept. 22, 1826 when Tennessee Representative Sam Houston wounded General William A. White in a pistol duel over the political appointment of the Nashville postmaster. By that time, the dueling grounds had seen more than 40 duels, establishing its legendary place in American history.

Dueling Grounds Distillery Founder Marc Dottore says, “We shot for a very sweet, very flavorful final product coming off the still. I want the bourbon name to be firmly rooted in this place. Linkumpinch Bourbon and Dueling Grounds Distillery are names from Simpson County’s heritage. It is about capturing a sense of place, and a sense of identity.”

Factoid: To this day, a portion of the Oath of Office for Kentucky Governor includes a mention of duels.

Kentucky Governor OATH OF OFFICE

I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution
of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth, and be faithful and
true to the Commonwealth of Kentucky so long as I continue a citizen thereof, and that
I will faithfully execute, to the best of my ability, the office of Trustee of the
____________________ Public Library according to law; and I do further solemnly
swear (or affirm) that since the adoption of the present Constitution, I, being a citizen
of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State nor out of it,
nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I
acted as second in carrying a challenge, nor aided or assisted any person thus
offending, so help me God.

Dueling Grounds Distillery - Affordable Distillery Equipment
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Dueling Grounds Distillery – Pot still and column from Affordable Distillery Equipment

The uniquely handcrafted batches of Dueling Grounds Bourbon use exclusive ingredients of the region including a high wheat mashbill that is 66% corn, 22% red winter wheat and 11% malted barely giving the whiskey a smooth sweet taste right off the still. The fermented mash is double-pot distilled then entered into the barrel at 120 proof and aged for a minimum of two years in 53 gallon, #3 charred white oak barrels.

The first limited edition small batch 2 year old Linkumpinch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be available at the distillery on a first come, first serve basis starting December 1, 2018. Linkumpinch Bourbon has a suggested retail price of $59.99.

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Linkumpinch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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