Kentucky Bourbon Distillers is the parent company that produces Willett bourbons, although the company has been trending towards using the Willett brand more. For many years they were a non-distilling producer only, and bottled under several different brand names for other companies as well as their own brands (Johnny Drum, Old Bardstown, Pure Kentucky, Noah’s Mill, Rowan’s Creek, Vintage Bourbon and Rye). They have been distilling as of 2012, and some of their own distillate is making its way into their brands now along with bulk-purchased whiskey. Unlike many other non-distilling producers, KBD has aging warehouses, so they have the capability to purchase bulk barreled whiskey and age it further. See also the Willett category.

 

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Kentucky Bonded Bourbon, 4/5qt, 1959-1978

This was distilled by Willett, and although it’s marked as 16 year it was actually aged 19 years.

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Jazz Club 20yr Bourbon, 101pf

This was a Japanese export bottling done by KBD.

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Vintage Bourbon 21yr, 94pf

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Wattie Boone & Sons 15yr Bourbon, 95pf

Bottled for the Japanese market presumably by KBD. Release year unknown.

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Vintage Bourbon 23yr, 94pf

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Pure Antique Bourbon 25yr, 90.2pf

A Japanese export bottling likely done by KBD, though not much is known about this rare bird.

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Very Olde St. Nick 18yr Bourbon, Cask I130

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Rare Perfection 25yr Bourbon, 86pf

An export brand to Japan by KBD

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Vintage 21 Rye, 2011

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Whiskey Trails Bourbon, 17yr, 112.3pf ~2011

Bottled by KBD for an Illinois distributor.

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