In 1788, Kentucky Pioneer Isaac Ruddell founded a grist mill along Stoner Creek and South Fork Licking River creating Bourbon County’s first industrial district. The mill processed grains utilized for the production of whiskey. One of Kentucky’s first covered bridges, “Ruddles Mill” Covered Bridge, was built at this site in 1861. The bridge functioned to provided easy access to both sides of Stoner Creek until 1964 when it was destroyed by arson.
Ruddell’s Mill Kentucky Straight Bourbon is derived from a high corn mash bill rounded out with Rye and Barley and is meant to replicate an early day Kentucky Whiskey mash bill that would have been common in Isaac Ruddell’s time. This early day mash bill was less of a “recipe” and came about more based on the grains that were locally available at the time. Such “Bourbon County Whiskey” predates the legal definition of Bourbon which was much later established by congress.
Ruddell’s Mill Rye is small batch whiskey derived from a high Rye mash bill and a touch of Barley. This early day Rye mash bill was typically what would be considered a “High Rye” today. Our Rye is aged to today’s legal Straight Rye standards.
Our Whiskies are small batch productions with individually numbered bottles and a batch number on each label and are always non-chill filtered. Enjoy our whiskeys sipped neat, on the rocks or mixed in fine whiskey classics like the Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Improved Whiskey Cocktail, Whiskey Sour and more