Kentucky Tavern Whiskey
Kentucky Tavern Whiskey is produced by Barton Brands Limited in Bardstown in Kentucky
Brief history and Description
It is a brand of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky Produced by the Sazerac Company at the Barton Distillery. It was originally produced and owned by R Monarch Distillery of Owensboro Kentucky which went bankrupt in 1898. It was bought by James Johnson in 1901and renamed it Glenmore Distillers Company with locations in Louisville in Kentucky.
It was formerly by United Distillers. Kentucky Tavern was registered in 1903. For most part of the 1900s it was owned by the Thomson family. The company’s main brand was Kentucky Tavern. In 1944 the firm purchased the Yellowstone brand from the Taylor & Williams Distillery of Louisville. Glenmore has followed the lead of the large firms and markets imported whiskies and cordials through its subsidiaries, Mr. Boston, Foreign Vintages and Viking Distillery. In March 2007, the Sazerac Company of New Orleans bought the Tom Moore Distillery and many brands owned by the Constellation spirits which was formally Barton brands as part of $334 million transaction.
Kentucky Tavern produces 80 proof liquor and they also have 100 proof. The whiskey is available in 200ml, 375ml, 750ml, and 1.5l quantities. Tavern Whiskey has a bright amber hue, fiery wooden-accented aroma. A soft attack leads to a medium-bodied palate and slightly hot, woody finish. Straightforward, it has 40% alcohol per volume.
Guide for Collectors
Kentucky Tavern Whiskey is available in the United States and also overseas. It is distributed by BMS International Inc. based in Germany. Their brands are authentic and are made from the finest ingredients. It is an important addition to any retailers’ shelves. Kentucky Tavern has its own unique blend of grain and a mash of recipe that is generations old. It is produced at its original recipe even after more than 110 years. This is ensured by guaranteeing quality, consistency and continuity. The current retailers’ price per 1litre 80 proof bottle is approximately $10.
International review of Spirits awarded the Kentucky Tavern Whiskey silver medal commenting as follows “Burnished copper color. Caramel, raisin, grain husk, and reedy wood aromas follow through to a somewhat muted, dryish medium body with black pepper, sweet buttercream, and spice accents. Finishes with a creamy vanilla and white ash fade”. Jim Murray’s 2010 Whiskey bible says that it is another juicy little number which appears to have malt feel to it. Clean, with just the right amount of rye sparkle to offer buzz and complexity.
Kentucky Tavern Whiskey is among the top brands of Sazarac and they use their market insight to bring these brands to consumers around the world while continuing their radiant record of expansion. Their products are well known in the United States and in Canada. Sazerac shines in the way it delivers a network of regional strong, popular-prices brands that are in demand by a large segment of consumers.
Notable Auction Sales
At eBay.com there was VTG Old Kentucky Tavern Whiskey Bottle and Stopper which were expected to raise $22. On artofdrink.com on November 7, 2007, there was an advert of Kentucky Tavern Whiskey 1913-1923 and the owner of the website advised that the bottle could fetch anything from $20 to $500.
However, the most expensive auction sale was when Christie's Auction house conducted an auction of Gallant Knight Brand Whiskey that was Distilled Prior to 1917. The auction was held at King Street, London on October 21, 2010. The auction was estimated to fetch between £1,500 and £2,000. The auction sale realized a price of £2,990.