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No, it's not Photoshopped. The Pope Gifted a Bottle of William Tarr

No, it's not Photoshopped. The Pope Gifted a Bottle of William Tarr

Father Jim Sichko visited Rome and gifted Pope Francis with a limited release of RD1 Spirits' WM. Tarr. The bottle was signed by RD1 Owner, Mark Stoops, the previous night. Word spread like a wildfire through Kentucky as local media and Bluegrass sports fans shared their surprise and excitement toward the news.

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RD1 Spirits Wins Double Platinum at 2022 ASCOT Awards

RD1 Spirits Wins Double Platinum at 2022 ASCOT Awards

May 23, 2022 (Lexington, KY.)  -- Lexington-based RD1 Spirits has won Double Platinum at Fred Minnick’s 2022 ASCOT Awards for their Wm. Tarr - Manchester Reserve 114 proof. This is yet another award the young brand has won. Other awards for this expression include Platinum (2021 Las Vegas Global Spirits Awards), Gold (2021 Denver International Spirits Competition), and Gold - 94 points (2021 Beverage Tasting Institute).   “We are excited and honored to have won Double Platinum for our 114 Manchester Reserve,” said Barry Brinegar, National Brand Ambassador RD1 Spirits. “Being part of a brand with deep, historical roots is...

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A Detailed History of RD1's Distillery

A Detailed History of RD1's Distillery

In 1865, the Ashland Distillery was established, the first to obtain a federally registered distillery license, and was assigned RD#1. Located on Manchester Street at the city limits of Lexington, KY, today, the remains of the original distillery can be found at what is now the entrance to Lexington's Distillery District. In 2021, RD1 Distillery was reborn with the mission to bring a portfolio that inherits the storied history of the distillery but also a quality worth of Lexington's legendary whiskey heritage.  Below is a detailed history of our Distillery and the personal stories of the key figures in our...

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The Bourbon Talk Show: Season 2 / Episode 19 - Barry Brinegar and Colin Blake

The Bourbon Talk Show: Season 2 / Episode 19 - Barry Brinegar and Colin Blake

In this episode, they speak to Barry Brinegar of William Tarr Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky, and Moonshine University out of Louisville, Kentucky.

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