Bill Samuels, Sr. purchased Burk’s Distillery, outside of Loretto, Kentucky, in 1952. He was no stranger to the Bourbon business. His ancestor, T.W. Samuels, built the first commercial distillery in the state in 1840. Except for Prohibition and a ten-year gap in the 1940s, the Samuels family had produced whiskey continuously.
According to legend, the first thing that Bill Sr. did was burn the family’s Bourbon recipe. (more…)