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Rowans Creek Whiskey

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Rowan´s Creek Distillery, Bardstown KY.

Rowan’s Creek
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Rowan’s Creek is stored in charred oak barrels. It is hand bottled at 50.05% alc./vol. (100.1 proof).

Rowan’s Creek is made and bottled by hand, in small lots, one batch at a time.

This Bourbon takes its namesake from the creek that still runs through our distillery. Back in the late 1700’s when John Rowan first settled around Bardstown , whiskey makin’ was the order of the day. John went on and made a name for himself as a well respected judge and statesmen. The judge is long since gone, but the creek that still bears his name is still carrying the best limestone spring water there ever was for making good Bourbon, so you know the whiskey makin’ is still going on. Try a sip of it, straight up in a snifter, or add a dab of branch water if you like. Either way, it’s the very best there is.

The Willett Distillery and beyond

In the beginning of 1936, the Willett Distilling Company produced its first batch of 300 bushels (~30 barrels) on March 17th, 1936.

The newly barreled whiskey was stored in one of the eight warehouses, each capable of holding between 5,000-6,000 barrels (Total capacity 48,623 barrels). The warehouses were built on some of the highest ground in the county, assuring that a fresh breeze would aid in the maturation of the whiskey. Five years after the foundation of the Willett Distilling Company Lambert retired from the Max Selliger & Co. to manage his farm and oversee the distilling process.

The Willett Distilling Company continued to operate until the early 1980’s. The Willett’s had made their mark on the Bourbon industry and it was now time for them to retire. On July 1, 1984, Even G. Kulsveen (pronounced Evan), a native of Hamar, Norway, and son-in-law to Thompson Willett, purchased the property from the Willett’s and formed Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd. Even Kulsveen continues to operate at the facility to this day.

Distillery Restorations
Great efforts to restore the distillery to its original state have been ongoing for several years and are now in the final stages of completion. Upon completion of renovations, Kentucky Bourbon Distillers will welcome visitors from all over the world.

Post Civil War
John David Willett, with his brother-in-law Thomas S. Moore of Bardstown, and Mr. Frenke of Louisville, formed the company Moore, Willett & Frenke Distillery, located in Bardstown. In 1876, John D. Willett fell ill and sold his interest to Frenke and Moore.

Lambert Willett, son of John David, grew up in the shadow of his father, learning the art of distilling from some of the most respected men in the business at the time. Therefore, it was not unusual that Lambert Willett began his career in the Whiskey business at the early age of 15.

Prohibition Period
During Prohibition, Lambert raised hogs and cattle at his farm in Bardstown.

End of Prohibition
At the end of Prohibition, Lambert was the new superintendent of the newly renovated Max Selliger & Co. Distillery, and his son A.L. “Thompson” Willett joined him as assistant superintendent. Thompson Willett left the Max Selliger & Co. Distillery to build the Willett Distilling Company.

1935
Located just on the outskirts of Bardstown, Kentucky, the Willett Distilling Company began construction in the Spring of 1935. The distillery was erected on a farm, purchased by Lambert Willett, father of Thompson Willett, founder of the Willett Distilling Company