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Green River was originally established in 1885 by John W. McCulloch in Owensboro, Kentucky, and granted the DSP-KY-10 (DSP stands for Distilled Spirits Producer). After a fire in 1914 wiped out the production area shortly before Prohibition, the distillery closed. The property was rebuilt and passed through a series of investors over the years with limited success before being acquired by the Terresentia Corporation in 2014. Ron Call, a long-time distiller who worked for Jim Beam, oversaw the renovations to restore the distillery to its original glory. In 2016, whiskey was matured under the O. Z. Taylor name. The same year, Ron’s son, Jacob, a well-respected distiller in his own right, took over as head distiller for the company.

In 2020, the company purchased the rights to the Green River Distilling Co. name with the blessing of McCulloch’s great-grandson, Rob McCulloch. And then more recently, just last year Green River was purchased by Bardstown Bourbon Co. This means we will see wider distribution of the old-style whiskey.


Lot 17B17-GR-28-21
Mashbill 70 Corn / 21 Rye / 9 Malted Barley

Holly’s Tasting Notes: Raspberry and orange yogurt, nougat, and cream orange soda. The palate is a bit spicier with thick nougat, strawberry cream, some grass, cinnamon, and caramel chews. The orange creaminess creeps back up on the finish.

Charles’ Tasting Notes: Fruity and nutty and sweet. Melted marshmallow. The palate is a fruit roll-up with corn sweetness and spice. Some baking spice, and gentle nutmeg. The finish is lingering with wisps of cherries and citrus notes. A classic and crushable!

  • Bottle Size750
  • DistilleryGreen River
  • StyleBourbon Whiskey
  • RegionKentucky
  • Age5
  • ABV59.5%
  • No. of Bottles120
  • Year Bottled2023
  • Country of OriginUSA
  • Cask StrengthYes
  • Cask TypeNew Charred American Oak
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