Distillery for Bulleit Bourbon opened in Kentucky
With the Bulleit Whiskey Distillery the brand got its own home now
It was a great day for the company Diageo but also for Tom Bulleit: Exactly 30 years ago the great-great-grandson of legendary Augustus Bulleit followed on the family tradition and re-founded the label Bulleit. With the official opening of a new distillery near Shelbyville at Shelby County last week the Bulleit Bourbon finally got its own home.
Production volume of 6.8 mio liters annually
The spirits company Diageo spent $115 mio on the construction of the new Bulleit Distillery and four warehouses on the 300 acres area. 30 new jobs were created. The annual production volume of the 52-foot tall still is 6.8 mio litres, art of it will be rye whiskey. 720 barrels will be filled every day. The four warehouses that have been built so far can store 220.000 barrels. If you start calculating you will soon come to the conclusion that more warehouses will be needed before a year has passed.
Sales figures of Bulleit Whiskey show strong growth
Even though the production volume of the new Bulleit Distillery resembles very big the contantly growing demand for Bulleit Bourbon during the two years of construction has already caused plans of extensions. Increasing sales figures of 30% only last year male Bulleit one of the fastest growing spirit Labels said Deidre Mahlan, President of Diageo North America. She proudly referred to the reached milestone of 9 mio liters of Bulleit sold last year.
No visitor center – yet
The new Bulleit Distillery in Shelbyville is only a production plant, there are no visitor tours offered. Not yet, but as part of the planned extensions a visitor center will probably be built according to several publications in American media about the opening ceremony last week. Until tours will be available in the future Diageo invites visitors to the Stitzel Weller Distillery in Shivley that also has seen big investments recently. Here the Bulleit is bottled and until the opening of the new Bulleit Distillery it also had been produced here.