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J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery opens in Frankfort, KY

J. Mattingly 1845 has opened its distillery in Frankfort, KY, created by Jeff Mattingly, descendant of distilling pioneer John Graves Mattingly.

The new distillery features 23,000 square feet which includes a gift shop, tasting bar, small pot still and a premier custom bourbon blending experience. Tours, tastings and experiences will be offered every day except Sundays.

Previously located in Georgetown, KY, the new location in Frankfort is part of a $6 million investment which will also add up to 50 new jobs. 

A grand opening took place on 1 November, with public protection cabinet secretary Ray Perry speaking, joined by Frankfort Mayor Layne Wilkerson.

Each batch of the flagship J. Mattingly 1845 bourbon is a custom, one-of-a-kind blend, using proprietary double stave process.

The blending experience will allows visitors to blend their own bottle from a combination of hand-selected barrels of Kentucky bourbon, wheated bourbon or rye whiskey, then choose their bottle, customize their label and choose the wax colour.

Commenting on the new distillery, Mattingly said: “We’re excited to be in Frankfort and we appreciate the warm welcome we’ve received from the community. Our slogan is ‘One Hell of a Pick,’ which came about when I was blending a batch with some bourbon experts from around the United States and it was so good we proclaimed it ‘One Hell of a Pick.’ That batch and that slogan will always have special meaning to me since it was one of the first bourbons sold and marketed in over 100 years under the Mattingly family name. Now, we’re starting another new chapter with our move to Frankfort, and we look forward to helping our guests blend their own ‘One Hell of a Pick!'”

3 November 2023 - Bradley Weir