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The Nashville Whiskey Festival is back for its seventh year in Music City. The Festival, produced by Midtown Corkdorks, culminates in a grand tasting on Saturday, October 6. A number of events during the week lead up to the Saturday finale including Women In Whiskey. Straight Up 615‘s very own, yours truly, Cary Ann Fuller will again moderate a panel of women in the whiskey world. Read More
Today is National Bourbon Day, Flag Day, and the 39th birthday of newly-promoted Britt Kulsveen.
Five generations ago, the Willett family began distilling in Bardstown, Kentucky. John David Willett died shortly before Prohibition after stints with at least five Kentucky distilleries. In 1936, just three years after Prohibition’s repeal, his son and grandson bought land on the highest point in Nelson county and began to build what is now the Willett Distillery.
Martha Willett Kulsveen and her husband Even took over as the fourth generation, and the fifth generation, siblings Drew and Britt Kulsveen, joined the family business in 2003 and 2005 respectively. Drew is the master distiller and, today, Britt takes over the role of President from her mother Martha.
“This is a tremendous honor and I’m incredibly thankful for the teachings and traditions that have been passed down from generations of strong Willett women, especially my mother, that have guided my personal and professional life,” Kulsveen stated in a press release.
“The importance of gratitude, kindness and serving others have been instilled in my beliefs since birth and are firmly rooted in my plans for our distillery’s future. Like our bourbon, the Willett brand of Southern hospitality is unique, timeless, authentic and welcoming without prejudice.
“As president and chief whiskey officer, I pledge to honor these fundamental family values as we continue to shape our distillery, our signature industry, and our beloved commonwealth for generations to come.”
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Yet another magical incarnation of the famed Stitzel-Weller bourbon will be labeled by Heaven Hill this fall. With only 3,000 bottles of the 90 proof John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve being released, demand is sure to be as high as the price tag.
The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has inducted five more industry pioneers into its Bourbon Hall of Fame and honored Heaven Hill’s Parker Beam with its first Lifetime Achievement Award
Word on the street (from Rutledge’s lips) is that this is one of the best Four Roses Limited Editions he’s ever released. As always, they’re not joking about the limited part- get on the good side of your local retailer to get in line!
Brown-Forman’s dynasty expansion continues, even post catastrophic fire.