Back in May, Diageo announced its intention to invest an estimated $115 million to build the new distillery, along with six barrel warehouses. In addition to Bulleit Bourbon, the new facility will distill a number of current and future Diageo bourbon and North American Whiskey brands.
|The Bulleit Distillery Co - due to open at the end of 2016|
Commenting on the news Bulleit Distilling Co. Founder Tom Bulleit said: "When I walked away from my career as a lawyer to revive my great, great grandfather's high-rye bourbon recipe, people thought I was crazy. Twenty-seven years into this entrepreneurial journey, it's humbling to know this amazing facility right here in Kentucky will bear my family's name. It's an honour I'm not sure I will ever fully be able to describe."
Larry Schwartz, President of Diageo North America, also commented by saying: "We are proud to be breaking ground on the new home of Bulleit Bourbon in this wonderful location in Shelby County. We look forward to becoming a valued member of the community for many years to come."
Diageo aims to have the distillery operational in late 2016, and expects the construction phase to provide a significant number of jobs and anticipates employing approximately 30 people for whiskey production roles.