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Terressentia Releases First Products From Its Kentucky Distillery

April 27, 2018

Owensboro, Kentucky-based O.Z. Tyler Distillery, owned by Terressentia Corp., has launched O.Z. Tyler Bourbon. It’s Terressentia’s first non-sourced whiskey made using its TerrePURE process—a “fast filtering” technology that employs ultrasonic energy, heat and oxygen to remove congeners and promote the formation of esters. The TerrePURE process takes eight days, and produces quality levels similar to those of a 4-6 year-old Bourbon, Terressentia says.

O.Z. Tyler Bourbon ($23) is distilled and barrel-aged for a year and a day in traditional fashion, and then undergoes the TerrePURE process. The brand currently is being sold at the distillery and throughout Kentucky, but Terressentia is planning expansion into other markets. The company is also releasing O.Z. Tyler Rye ($23).

South Carolina-based Terressentia, founded in 2007, until now has used only sourced liquid, mostly from MGP Distillery, to make own-label and bulk spirits. In 2014, it acquired the old Charles Medley Distillery in Owensboro, Kentucky, which it refurbished and reopened in 2016 as O.Z. Tyler Distillery, named for Orville Zelotes Tyler, inventor of the TerrePURE process. The distillery currently produces 72,000 barrels annually, equal to 4.6 million proof gallons, putting it in the top eight among Kentucky distilleries. Capacity can be expanded to 100,000 barrels.

Terressentia shipped 330,000 proof gallons of its spirits products to bulk buyers and private label players in the U.S. and abroad last year. This year it’s projecting shipments volume of 400,000 proof gallons.—David Fleming

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