Pernod Ricard Hops Back Into Kentucky Bourbon (Episode 772: June 16, 2019)

Ten years after Pernod Ricard left Kentucky with the sale of Wild Turkey to Gruppo Campari, the world’s #2 spirits company is back in the Bluegrass State. Louisville’s Rabbit Hole Distillery has agreed to become part of Pernod Ricard, while founder Kaveh Zamanian and his family will retain a significant stake in the distillery and manage it on a day-to-day basis. It’s a deal similar to one Pernod Ricard did in 2016 with Smooth Ambler, and we’ll talk with Kaveh Zamanian and Pernod Ricard USA’s Jeff Agdern on WhiskyCast In-Depth.

In the news, Kentucky Peerless Distillery is also re-entering the Bourbon business this week – 102 years after selling its last bottle of Bourbon. We’ll also have the first details on Ardgowan Distillery’s debut release of Clydebuilt Blended Malt planned for this fall in Scotland and much more!

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Mark Gillespie

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