Started by father and son entrepreneurs Rick and Ricky Johnson, 15 Stars is a tribute to more than 225 years of Kentucky bourbon craftsmanship and pays homage to Kentucky, America’s 15th state.
BourbonBlog.com’s Tom Fischer will interview Rick and Ricky Johnson on Tuesday, June 7 at 8 pm on this link above or available here.
Only available for now in Kentucky, the first release is called Timeless Reserve and is a marriage of Kentucky bourbons aged 14 years and older.
Future releases will use low barrel entry and proofing techniques along with using strains of corn, a black corn, and a patriotic mix of red, white and blue corn, for future releases being distilled and warehoused in Bardstown, Kentucky.
15 STARS distills and bottles at Bardstown Bourbon Company in Bardstown, Kentucky.
This first release is distributed by Heritage Wine and Spirits, and is already available exclusively in Kentucky. The Johnsons have collected Kentucky historical items known as the 15 STARS collection. The collection, which includes a variety of rare Kentucky-related artifacts, is currently housed online on this link. but will be displayed at physical locations and tasting events in the future.
“Kentucky was once considered America’s “First West”, but it was so much more than just early pioneers. The Kentucky of 1795 was prosperous and growing with highly skilled craftspeople working their trades as silversmiths, furniture makers, artists, and distillers,” Rick Johnson tells BourbonBlog.com. “We want to honor these artisans with our brand and really give people a sense that like in those days, this whiskey comes from our hands to theirs.”