Bulleit is getting more firepower. The rising star in Diageo’s portfolio of giants is releasing a higher-proof barrel strength version of the popular premium bourbon. The release has been rumored throughout the world of whiskey bloggers for months, ever since a label was approved by federal authorities. Full story
Officials with Diageo PLC have provided an update on the London-based company’s $115 million distillery project in eastern Shelby County. The Sentinel-News reports that two of the project’s six warehouses have been completed, and the entire project is expected to be finished by the end of this year. Full story
Since a groundbreaking in August 2014 at the $115 million Bulleit distillery in Shelbyville, one warehouse has been completed and another is nearly finished, Diageo representatives said Tuesday.
Already, 40,000 barrels of Kentucky bourbon are being stored there, according to a news release. Full story
In 1987, Bulleit Bourbon founder Tom Bulleit—a Vietnam veteran and former attorney—recreated his great-great-grandfather’s whiskey recipe with a few tweaks, creating one of the best American bourbons ever produced. Consistently ranked in the top 10th percentile of the world’s best whiskeys, every bottle of Bulleit is aged for at least six years. Full story
Craft-spirits distilleries have mushroomed in the U.S. to 588 from 51 over the past decade, according to data from the American Distilling Institute. The trade group predicts craft-spirits makers’ share of the U.S. spirits market could rise to as much as 8% by 2020 from the current 1%, posing a threat to liquor conglomerates such as Diageo PLC and Pernod Ricard SA. Full story
The makers of Templeton Rye have agreed to settle three class-action lawsuits that disputed claims the company made about the origin and production of its whiskey. Under the agreement, the company must change its labeling on its bottles and language on its website, according to documents filed in Polk County District Court. Templeton Rye also must establish a fund that could be used to pay back customers who bought bottles of the drink, The Des Moines Register reported. Full story
The Stitzel-Weller Distillery will mark its 80th anniversary on Derby Day, and a new microdistillery is operating there, as well as Diageo’s Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience. On Thursday, Stitzel-Weller barreled its first whiskey in more than 20 years at the Shively site. Full story