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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Brothers Wright Distilling Co Announces $38 Million Distillery with Aging in a Coal Mine

Brothers Wright Distilling Co plans to construct a 12,000-square-foot distillery, rickhouse, welcome center, museum, and restaurant on a 20-acre area – part of a larger 1,200-acre property, along Kentucky Highway 292 in Pike County.

In 2020, brothers Kendall and Shannon Wright originally purchased 1200 acres worth of land with the goal to turn it into a corporate retreat. 
Following the acquisition, the brothers discovered coal mine maps of the property, which uncovered the location of the underground mine that is now being used to age the company’s Bourbon.

The rehabilitated coal mine, encompassing 1,400 acres underground, was in operation for 33 years until 1946.

Construction is slated to start later this year and be finished by the end of 2024.  

My Take

This seems like a really cool story and someday I hope to buy 1200 acres worth of farmland... however, when it comes to the bourbon, this is the worst thing you can do. One of the many benefits to aging bourbon in Kentucky is that the climate gets really warm in the summer and decently cold in the winter. What this allows is the barrel wood to expand and contract, which forces interaction with the car and the bourbon liquid, which gives the flavor. Storing the bourbon in a coal mine means that the temperatures will be constant throughout the year and the flavor will have a much more concentrated alcohol taste to it, regardless of how long it matures. 

What do you think? Drop a note in the comment box below. 

Source: The Spirits Business

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