Kentucky Owl, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Back in 1879, in the now forgotten community of Oregon along the Kentucky River in northern Mercer County, there stood a distillery that produced Kentucky Owl bourbon. It was founded by C.M. Dedman, an orphan adopted by a judge who gifted it to him as a wedding present. Dedman operated Kentucky Owl until 1916, when state government agents compelled by the rising tides of teetotalism swooped in and spirited away all of Dedman’s stock, some 250,000 gallons in various stages of aging, hauling it by barge up the river to be warehoused under lock and key in Frankfort.

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