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After A Four-Year Restoration Project, Castle & Key Distillery Is Set To Open To The Public

August 28, 2018

Castle & Key, the newly restored distillery that once operated under the Old Taylor name, will officially reopen to the public on September 19. The Millville, Kentucky-based facility was built in 1887 by legendary Bourbon figure Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., and became renowned for its European-style, castle-like architecture. In 1972, it shuttered amid hard times in the Bourbon industry, and fell into disrepair. But in 2014, investors Will Arvin and Wesley Murry acquired the 113-acre site and embarked on a four-year restoration project, rechristening the distillery as Castle & Key.

Castle & Key will be offering visitors what it calls “an immersive distillery experience,” which will include cocktail classes, botanical and historical tours, and live music, as well as whiskey tastings when the product has matured. Production first restarted in 2016, and the distillery is making Bourbon, rye, gin, and vodka—all under the direction of master distiller Marianne Eaves. Its Restoration Release gin and Restoration Release vodka are currently sold in Kentucky and Tennessee, and the Bourbon and rye are still aging.

The distillery’s notable features include an extensive garden, a restored gazebo, and a limestone spring covered by a Victorian-style rotunda, in addition to the castle itself. Some botanicals for Castle & Key’s gin are harvested from its own gardens. The company is also working with a local farmer to grow a strain of heirloom white corn similar to a corn strain that would have been used at Old Taylor Distillery a century ago.—David Fleming

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