Orphan Barrel removes the limits from limited production

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Stitzel-Weller was closed in 1991 for distilling, but is still used for warehousing, which is a big deal in Bourbon country because the heat and humidity of the warehouse have a strong influence on the flavor. Barrels of whiskey get put in there that don’t end up making it into the blend of Old Fitzgerald or Bulleit, and they just sit there getting older. They are “orphans.” Full story

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Diageo announces restoration project at Louisville’s historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery

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Diageo today announced that it plans to invest an initial $2 million to develop the Stitzel-Weller Visitor Center at Louisville’s legendary distillery. The company will renovate the original administrative building to bring to life the history of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery through artifacts from the site’s archives; a whiskey education section; an homage to the people, land and water of Kentucky; and a celebration of the heritage, brands and people behind Diageo’s award-winning collection of American whiskeys. Read the full press release