RD1 crafts impressive Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon to celebrate the firsts in our lives – those who were first to create, first to believe, first to remove barriers. Just like the gutsy mavericks who built Lexington’s first registered distillery in the late 1800s, RD1 was started in 2020 by modern-day entrepreneurs who have the spirit to dare, a gift all firsts possess.
In 1865, Ashland Distillery became the first federally registered distillery in Lexington, Kentucky, and was assigned the distinction of RD#1. Later renamed the William Tarr Distillery, it was a powerhouse producer in the state until prohibition.
In 2020, Lexington entrepreneurs, awe-struck by the stories of these bourbon firsts, formed a new brand, RD Spirits, to keep alive this historical charm and to help write the next chapter.
Today, RD1 is part owner of Western Kentucky Distilling Co., a $30-million distillery under construction. There, 8th-generation Master Distiller Jacob Call will continue to hand craft RD1’s Bourbon portfolio.