This whiskey, The Untold Story Of Kentucky Whiskey from Castle & Key Distillery, is a special one. Released by Castle & Key Distillery in partnership with the Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild, it is dedicated to uncovering and telling stories from generations past. The series honors African American contributions to the distilling industry, contributions which are many but which have not been widely recognized or discussed. This whiskey is also a step towards the future as well. It was donated by Castle & Key and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Castle & Key Scholarship Fund. This release, Chapter 1, will be the first release of a series of annual “Chapters”, each telling part of the story, right on the bottle. Check out the photos to read it.
Have you heard of George Remus bourbon? I didn’t think so. Have you heard of MGP? The company that produces the bourbon that shows up in some of your favorite brands? Well, the folks at MGP decided that they would take some of that bourbon and bottle it up and sell it themselves. One version is this George Remus Single Barrel Bourbon. You know what? It’s pretty good!
Elijah Craig is purported to be the “Father of Bourbon” according to the folks at Heaven Hill Distillery. They credit him with being the first to put his whiskey into charred barrels, although the exact details are unclear. His barrels may have been burnt in a fire and used anyway, with the resultant whiskey receiving a favorable reception.
Camp Nelson was established in 1863. It served as a hospital and a maintenance and supply station for the US Army. A portion of the land has been used as a cemetery since 1863, and by 1866, 1180 people were buried there. Following the Civil War the cemetery was used to reinter Union dead who had been buried elsewhere in Kentucky. Camp Nelson also had another very important role. According to the National Parks Service website: “Initially established as a Union army supply depot and hospital, Camp Nelson was one of the largest recruitment and training centers for African American soldiers during the Civil War, and served as a refugee camp for their wives and children. The warehouses overlooking the cemetery also have a long history. They have been used by the Kentucky River Distillery, the Canada Dry Distillery (yes, the same Canada Dry that makes ginger ale), Seagrams to store Four Roses Bourbon, and now by Wild Turkey.