73% White Corn, 10% Wheat, 17% Malted Barley
Aroma: Cocoa powder, toffee, buttercream, cereal grain, black pepper, and baked pear
Taste: Caramelized sugar, pie crust, roasted cashews, dried apricots, grains of paradise, and fennel
Finish: Dark honey with hints of black pepper, medium bodied and sweetness
In 1887, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. built a new kind of distillery destination in Millville, Kentucky. Inspired by European architecture, the site featured a Castle, a classical Springhouse, and a Sunken Garden. What he built became the birthplace of bourbon hospitality and tourism. Prohibition forced the closing of the distillery in 1920. Over the next century, the property changed owners and occupants several times, eventually falling into ruin.
In 2012, Will Arvin came across photographs of the abandoned distillery. He couldn’t stop thinking about its legacy and potential. He decided to visit the property to see for himself.
At the distillery, Will found caved-in roofs, boarded-up windows and doors, and vegetation so overgrown he had to use a flashlight — in the middle of the day — to navigate. But, he felt an affinity for the property. It was then that he resolved to restore the historic bourbon icon.
In 2014, the Will and team purchased the Old Taylor Distillery, in ruins. Then they got to work, building a consortium of like-minded people, often from outside the industry, who shared their vision - together, they restored it. As the team restored the distillery we pondered a name that fit with both the distillery’s history and modern ideals. After much debate and exploration, Castle & Key was a perfect fit as it highlighted both our historic distillery in the Castle and the importance of our grounds and watersource, the keyhole-shaped Springhouse.