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Woodford Reserve Distillery Expansion Plans To Meet Demand


15th April 2021
Woodford Reserve plans to double production at its distillery in Versailles, Kentucky with the addition of three new copper pot stills.

Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky

Brown-Forman Corporation owners of the Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey brand has unveiled plans to double its production at its Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky to meet the growing demand for Woodford Reserve, the world’s top-selling super-premium American whiskey.

The expansion plans will see the addition of three new copper pot stills which will double its production capacity.

"Woodford Reserve is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2021, and the expansion of the distillery allows us to look to the next 25 years," Master Distiller Chris Morris said. "Woodford Reserve Distillery uses copper pot stills in a triple distillation process to handcraft bourbon, and today’s announcement builds on that legacy."

Brown-Forman President and CEO Lawson Whiting said, "Woodford Reserve is a key driver of growth for the company — and the investment ensures the brand continues to expand around the world. Woodford Reserve has enjoyed exceptional growth over the last decade, maintaining a double-digit net sales growth rate year-to-date with more than one million case sales."

In addition to the three new pots stills, the expansion includes a new building that will house the boiler plant; additional fermentation tanks; a grain unloading area; a barrel unloading/storage area; and a conference and training centre for employees.

Construction will begin this spring and is expected to be completed in summer 2022. The site, located at McCracken Pike in Woodford County, will be fully operational throughout this period.

Brown-Forman opened the Woodford Reserve Distillery and introduced Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon in 1996. Woodford Reserve Distillery is a national historic landmark where distilling first began in 1812. The expansion plans were reviewed by the Kentucky Heritage Council, the state historic preservation office.

You will the current Woodford Reserve whiskey range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

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