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For First Time in 97 Years, Bourbon is Made in Kenton County

For the first time in 97 years, bourbon is being made in Kenton County.

Second Sight Distillery will release its first bourbon this week at a special event at Hotel Covington (628 Madison Avenue, Covington). 

The Ludlow-based distillery is known for its five craft rums. In a news release, Second Sight stated that Oak Eye Kentucky Bourbon is the first bourbon distilled in Kenton County since Prohibition.

Founders Rick Couch and Carus Waggoner made the bourbon from scratch on equipment they built themselves. They used unique mash bills for their 2017 single barrel bourbons and currently have 17 different barrels of this spirit (aged for a year) aging on site.


Second Sight created a Bourbon Barrel Program in which people interested in the actual making process can take part in of every step in the distilling process and sponsor a barrel. A $500 fee allows the participants to cook, mash, ferment, distill, barrel, and bottle bourbon. Included in the experience is the ability to sign and visit their 15 gallon barrel throughout the year aging process and sign every bottle released from the barrel. As a reward for being part of the program, the sponsors will receive 12 bottles of bourbon they helped to make as part of the experience.

Get your first taste of Oak Eye Kentucky Bourbon on Friday, October 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hotel Covington. Craft cocktails will be made with the new bourbon and there will also be samples of Second Sight's rum products - and a few other surprises, they promise.

-Staff report

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